Gallbladder cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of gallbladder cancer, 2014-2016 average, UK

Deaths

Deaths from gallbladder cancer, 2016, UK

 

Survival

Survive gallbladder cancer for 10 or more years, 2009-2013, England

 

Preventable cases

Preventable cases of gallbladder cancer, UK

  • There are around 1,000 new gallbladder cancer cases in the UK every year, that's around 3 every day (2014-2016).
  • Gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases (2016).
  • In females in the UK, gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 780 new cases in 2016.
  • In males in the UK, gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 320 new cases in 2016.
  • Incidence rates for gallbladder cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, gallbladder cancer incidence rates have increased by around three-fifths (59%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by around seven-tenths (69%) and rates in males have increased by around two-fifths (41%).
  • Over the last decade, gallbladder cancer incidence rates have increased by more than half (52%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by almost three-fifths (56%), and rates in males have increased by almost half (46%).
  • An estimated 3,600 people who had previously been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 580 gallbladder cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's more than 1 every day (2014-2016).
  • Gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer deaths (2016).
  • In males in the UK, gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 160 deaths in 2016.
  • In females in the UK, gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 450 deaths in 2016.
  • Mortality rates for gallbladder cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, gallbladder cancer mortality rates have decreased by around two-fifths (41%) in the UK. Rates in males have decreased by almost half (46%), and rates in females have decreased by more than a third (36%).
  • Over the last decade, gallbladder cancer mortality rates have increased by around a quarter (24%) in the UK. Rates in males have remained stable, and rates in females have increased by almost a third (31%).

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  • 3 in 20 (15%) people diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in England survive their disease for ten years or more (2009-2013).
  • More than 3 in 20 (17%) people diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in England survive their disease for five years or more (2009-2013).
  • More than 4 in 10 (43%) people diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in England survive their disease for one year or more (2009-2013).
  • Gallbladder cancer 10-year survival in England is similar in men and women (2009-2013).
  • Gallbladder cancer survival in England is highest for adults diagnosed aged under 50 years old (2009-2013).
  • Around 4 in 10 people in England diagnosed with gallbladder cancer aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with more than a tenth of people diagnosed aged 70-89 (2009-2013).
  • Five-year relative survival for gallbladder cancer in men is similar to the European average in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Five-year relative survival for gallbladder cancer in women is similar to the European average in England.

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  • A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • 1 in 947 UK males and 1 in 419 UK females will be diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in their lifetime.
  • 20% of gallbladder cancer cases in the UK are preventable.
  • ‘Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland, and ‘62-day wait’ is not met by any country for upper gastrointestinal cancers.

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