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Causes

Anyone can get gallbladder cancer. It's not always clear what causes it.

You might be more likely to get it if you:

  • are over the age of 75, it's most common in people over 85
  • are a woman
  • have certain medical conditions, such as gallstones, growths (polyps) in your gallbladder, porcelain gallbladder, abnormal bile ducts, long-term swelling of the gallbladder or bile ducts, or diabetes
  • have a brother, sister or parent who had gallbladder cancer
  • have Latin American or Asian heritage

Many gallbladder cancers are linked to your lifestyle.

You cannot always prevent gallbladder cancer. But making healthy changes can lower your chances of getting it.

Do

  • try to lose weight if you are overweight

  • try to cut down on alcohol – avoid drinking more than 14 units a week

  • try to quit smoking

Information:

It's important to get any symptoms of gallbladder cancer checked by a GP.

Anyone can get gallbladder cancer, even if you do not think you have a higher chance of getting it.