Gallbladder cancer incidence statistics

Cases

New cases of gallbladder cancer, 2013, UK

 

Proportion of all cases

Percentage gallbladder cancer is of total cancer cases, 2013, UK

 

Age

Age that half of gallbladder cancer cases are diagnosed, 2011-2013, UK

 

Trend since 1970s

Gallbladder cancer incidence rates have been stable overall since the late 1970s, GB

 

Gallbladder cancer accounts for 0.3% of all new cases in the UK (2013), accounting for 0.2% of all male cases, and 0.4% of all female cases.[1-4]

In 2013, there were 903 new cases of gallbladder cancer in the UK: 281 (31%) in men and 622 (69%) in females, giving a male:female ratio of around 5:10.[1-4] The crude incidence rate  Open a glossary item shows that there are 0.9 new cases for every 100,000 males in the UK, and 2 for every 100,000 females.

Gallbladder cancer is one of the few cancers which can occur in both sexes but is more common in women than men. This is at least partly due to sex differences in exposure to risk factors.

The European age-standardised rates Open a glossary item (AS rates) do not differ significantly between the constituent countries of the UK for either sex.

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2013

England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
Male Cases 236 16 20 9 281
Crude Rate 0.9 1.1 0.8 1.0 0.9
AS Rate 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.3 1.1
AS Rate - 95% LCL 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.5 1.0
AS Rate - 95% UCL 1.3 1.6 1.4 2.2 1.2
Female Cases 523 34 49 16 622
Crude Rate 1.9 2.2 1.8 1.7 1.9
AS Rate 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.9 2.0
AS Rate - 95% LCL 1.8 1.4 1.3 1.0 1.8
AS Rate - 95% UCL 2.2 2.7 2.3 2.9 2.1
Persons Cases 759 50 69 25 903
Crude Rate 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.4 1.4
AS Rate 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.7 1.6
AS Rate - 95% LCL 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.0 1.5
AS Rate - 95% UCL 1.7 2.1 1.8 2.3 1.7

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item round the AS Rate Open a glossary item

ASR calculated with ESP2013. Not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/index.html
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit on request, February 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=242&pid=59080
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, March 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/
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Gallbladder cancer incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in older males and females. In the UK in 2011-2013, on average each year half (50%) of cases were diagnosed in people aged 75 and over.[1-4]

Age-specific incidence rates rise sharply from around age 50-54, peak in the 85-89 age group, and subsequently drop. Incidence rates are higher for females than for males for those aged 45-49 and 55-89 (the difference is not significant in the remaining age groups). This gap is widest at the ages of 55-59, when the male:female ratio of age-specific incidence rates (to account for the different proportions of males to females in each age group) is around 10:31.[1-4]

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), Average Number of New Cases per Year and Age-Specific Incidence Rates, UK, 2011-2013

Reference

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/index.html
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit on request, February 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=242&pid=59080
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, March 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/
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Gallbladder cancer incidence rates have remained stable in Great Britain since the late 1970s.[1-3] However, this includes a decrease followed by an increase and the pattern is similar for males and females combined and separately.[1-4]

For males, European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item incidence rates decreased by 36% between 1979-1981 and 2002-2004, and have subsequently increased by 45% (between 2002-2004 and 2011-2013). This change is similar for females, with rates decreasing by 28% between 1979-1981 and 2000-2002, subsequently increasing by 51% (between 2000-2002 and 2011-2013).[1-4]

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, Great Britain, 1979-2013

ASR calculated with ESP2013. Not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2002-2004 and 2011-2013), gallbladder cancer AS incidence rates have increased by 44% for males and females combined, with a similar increase for males (48%) and females (44%) separately.[1-4]

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, UK, 1993-2013

ASR calculated with ESP2013. Not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

Gallbladder cancer incidence rates have remained stable overall for all of the broad age groups in Great Britain since the late 1970s, though this includes a decrease followed by an increase for some age groups.[1-3] In people aged 80+, European AS incidence rates decreased by 42% between 1979-1981 and 2000-2002, and have since increased by53% (between 2000-2002 and 2011-2013). In the 70-79 age group, there was a decrease of 41% (between 1979-1981 and 1997-1999) followed by an increase of 72% (between 1997-1999 and 2011-2013). In the 25-49 and 60-69 age groups there was a period of stability followed by an increase. Rates remained stable overall in the 50-59 age group.

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, by Age, Persons, Great Britain, 1979-2013

ASR calculated with ESP2013. Not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/index.html
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit on request, February 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=242&pid=59080
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, March 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/
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The lifetime risk of developing gallbladder cancer is around 1 in 1,310 for men and around 1 in 550 for women, in 2012 in the UK.[1]

The lifetime risk for gallbladder cancer has been calculated on the assumption that the possibility of having more than one diagnosis of gallbladder cancer over the course of a lifetime is very low (‘Current Probability’ method).[2]

References

  1. Lifetime risk estimates calculated by the Statistical Information Team at Cancer Research UK. Based on data provided by the Office of National Statistics, ISD Scotland, the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, on request, December 2013 to July 2014.
  2. Esteve J, Benhamou E and Raymond L. Descriptive epidemiology. IARC Scientific Publications No.128, Lyon, International Agency for Research on Cancer, pp 67-68 1994.
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