Gallbladder cancer

Find out more about gallbladder cancer, including how common it is and ways to reduce your risk

How common is gallbladder cancer?

Gallbladder cancer is rare – in 2017, 2,068 cases were diagnosed in the UK*.

What is the gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ connected to the liver. It stores bile, a liquid that helps your body digest fats.

What can increase the risk of gallbladder cancer?

We have strong evidence from our research that being overweight or obese increases your risk of gallbladder cancer.

Try our body mass index calculator to see if you are a healthy weight for your height.

Visit NHS Choices to find out about the symptoms and treatments of gallbladder cancer.

How can you reduce your risk of gallbladder cancer?

cancer prevention icon for weightOur recommendation is to be a healthy weight

*Cancer statistics based on combined data from EnglandScotlandNorthern Ireland. World Cancer Research Fund, 2020.