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Gallbladder Cancer

What’s the Evidence?

Excess body fat is probably a cause of cancer of the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ connected to the liver.

This is one of the reasons AICR recommends being as lean as possible within the healthy weight range.

How Preventable is Gallbladder Cancer?

AICR experts estimate that twenty-one percent of US gallbladder cancers are preventable through maintaining a healthy weight.

That's over 2000 cases of this relatively rare cancer every year. (Based on 2012 incidence data.)

gallbladder in situ 

 

What the Panel’s Judgments Mean

Convincing
strong, consistent and unlikely to change in the future

Probable
compelling but not quite strong or consistent enough to be "convincing"

Limited Evidence – Suggestive
too limited for a grade of "probable", but a general consistency in the data

Limited Evidence – No Conclusion
too inconsistent or insufficient for a definitive grade

Substantial Effect on Risk Unlikely
enough evidence to rule out a connection

Published on June 6, 2012

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