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Screening for gallbladder cancer

Men and women discussing gallbladder cancer

Screening means testing people for early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms.

Before screening for any type of cancer can be carried out, doctors must have an accurate test to use. The test must be reliable in picking up cancers that are there. And it must not give a positive result in people who do not have cancer. The test also needs to be safe and cost effective.

There is no UK screening programme for gallbladder cancer. Because it is a rare condition, too many people would have to have unnecessary tests. Screening everyone would be very expensive for each cancer found.

If you think you are at higher than average risk for gallbladder cancer, talk to your doctor. You may be able to have regular check ups. These might include an ERCP test or an endoscopic ultrasound.

It is very important to see your doctor if you develop any gallbladder symptoms. This is the best way of finding gallbladder cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable.

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Updated: 6 June 2014