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Gallbladder Cancer

Improve your health through education and awareness.

Gallbladder cancer is fairly rare, accounting for about 1% of all cancer cases. Though many people don’t know much about this small, sac-like organ, it plays an important role in the body’s digestive system. You can keep it healthy and lower your risk for cancer through weight management and good eating.

This content was last updated on January 9, 2020

Gallbladder cancer is fairly rare, accounting for about 1% of incidence of all cancers, and is more common in women than in men.

Approximately 90–95% of gallbladder cancers are adenocarcinomas, while only a small proportion are squamous cell carcinomas. The gallbladder is a small sac-like organ that forms part of the biliary tract. Bile, produced in the liver, flows into the gallbladder where it is stored and concentrated until released into the small intestine.

AICR’S latest report on gallbladder cancer found that maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk. Having gallstones increases the risk of this cancer.

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CUP report on Gallbladder Cancer:

Lifestyle and gallbladder cancer risk.

  • Weight

    Excess body fatness puts you at greater risk for gallbladder cancer.

    • Obesity is a known cause of gallstone formation and having gallstones increases the risk of gallbladder cancer.
    • Body fatness increases the levels of hormones circulating in the body – such as insulin and insulin-like growth factors – creating an environment that may encourage the development or progression of cancer in a variety of organs.
    • Body fat also stimulates a general in inflammatory response, which may contribute to the development of several cancers.

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Foods that fight cancer.

No single food can protect you against cancer by itself. But research shows that a diet filled with a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and other plant foods helps lower risk for many cancers.

Cancer Updates

The science of survival.

AICR’s health guides and recommendations are developed from research that focuses on how nutrition and lifestyle affect the prevention, treatment, and survival of cancer. Paramount to our updates is the Continuous Update Project which helps you stay on top of new findings, and understand the data that sits at the center of our work.

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