Gallbladder Cancer: Signs and Risk Factors to Know

Gallbladder cancer is defined as an abnormal cell growth in the gallbladder. Almost all cases of gallbladder cancer are adenocarcinoma, which  is cancer that starts in gland-like cells that line the body. 

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, resting just below your liver. It stores bile, which is a digestive fluid that is produced by your liver.

Gallbladder cancer is rare. When this type of cancer is discovered in the early stages, the prognosis is often very good. However, most gallbladder cancer is not found until it’s in the advanced stages; only one out of five cases of gallbladder cancer is found in the early stages.

According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of gallbladder cancer include:

Possible Signs of Gallbladder Cancer

While there are no clear causes of gallbladder cancer, some risk factors, according to the Mayo Clinic, include:

Risk Factors of Gallbladder Cancer

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