Gallbladder cancer incidence statistics

Cases

New cases of gallbladder cancer, 2015, UK

 

Proportion of all cases

Percentage gallbladder cancer is of total cancer cases, 2015, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of gallbladder cancer cases, 2013-2015, UK

 

Trend over time

Change in gallbladder cancer incidence rates since the early 1990s, UK

Gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases (2015).[1-4]

In males in the UK, gallbladder cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers (less than 1% of all new male cancer cases). In females in the UK it is not among the 20 most common cancers (less than 1% of all new female cancer cases).

28% of gallbladder cancer cases in the UK are in males, and 72% are in females.

Gallbladder cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rates Open a glossary item ) are similar to the UK average in all the UK constituent countries.

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2015

  England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Male Cases 247 20 13 1 281
Crude Rate 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.1 0.9
AS Rate 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.2 1.1
AS Rate - 95% LCI 1.0 0.5 0.4 -0.2 0.9
AS Rate - 95% UCI 1.3 1.4 1.4 0.5 1.2
Female Cases 628 56 29 19 732
Crude Rate 2.3 2.0 1.8 2.0 2.2
AS Rate 2.3 2.0 1.6 2.2 2.2
AS Rate - 95% LCI 2.1 1.5 1.0 1.2 2.1
AS Rate - 95% UCI 2.5 2.5 2.2 3.2 2.4
Persons Cases 875 76 42 20 1,013
Crude Rate 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.1 1.6
AS Rate 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.7
AS Rate - 95% LCI 1.6 1.2 0.9 0.7 1.6
AS Rate - 95% UCI 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.9 1.8

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

For gallbladder cancer, like most cancer types, differences between countries largely reflect risk factor prevalence in years past.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2015, ICD-10 C23.

Last reviewed:

Gallbladder cancer incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in older people. In the UK in 2013-2015, on average each year more than half (52%) of new cases were in people aged 75 and over.[1-4

Age-specific incidence rates rise steeply from around age 50-54 and drop slightly in the 90+ age group in females only. The highest rates are in the 85 to 89 age group for males and females.

Incidence rates are significantly lower in males than females in a number of (mainly older) age groups. The gap is widest at age 55 to 59, when the age-specific incidence rate is 4.1 times lower in males than females.

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), Average Number of New Cases per Year and Age-Specific Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2013-2015

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

For gallbladder cancer, like most cancer types, incidence increases with age. This largely reflects cell DNA damage accumulating over time. Damage can result from biological processes or from exposure to risk factors. A drop or plateau in incidence in the oldest age groups often indicates reduced diagnostic activity perhaps due to general ill health.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2013-2015, ICD-10 C23.

Last reviewed:

Gallbladder cancer European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item incidence rates for males and females combined increased by 51% in the UK between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015.[1-4] The increase was larger in females than in males.

For males, gallbladder cancer AS incidence rates in the UK increased by 39% between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015. For females, gallbladder cancer AS incidence rates in the UK increased by 60% between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015.

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2003-2005 and 2013-2015), gallbladder cancer AS incidence rates for males and females combined increased by 52%. In males AS incidence rates increased by 51%, and in females rates increased by 55%.

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, UK, 1993-2015

Gallbladder cancer incidence rates have increased overall in some broad adult age groups in males and females combined in the UK since the early 1990s, but have remained stable in others.[1-4] Rates in 25-49s have remained stable, in 50-59s have remained stable, in 60-69s have increased by 46%, in 70-79s have increased by 58%, and in 80+s have increased by 56%.

Gallbladder Cancer (C23), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, By Age, UK, 1993-2015

For gallbladder cancer, like most cancer types, incidence trends largely reflect changing prevalence of risk factors and improvements in diagnosis and data recording. Recent incidence trends are influenced by risk factor prevalence in years past, and trends by age group reflect risk factor exposure in birth cohorts.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 1993-2015, ICD-10 C23.

Last reviewed:

An estimated 3,600 people who had been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer between 1991 and 2010 were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.[1]

References

  1. Macmillan Cancer Support and National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service. Cancer Prevalence UK Data Tables. London: NCRAS; 2015.

About this data

Data is for: Great Britain (1991-2010) and Northern Ireland (1993-2010), ICD-10 C23

Last reviewed:

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