Gallbladder cancer is the 17th most commonly occurring cancer in men and the 18th most commonly occurring cancer in women. There were nearly 220,000 new cases in 2018. The top 20 countries with the highest rates of gallbladder cancer in 2018 are given in the tables below.

The Continuous Update Project Panel judged there is strong evidence that greater body fatness increases the risk of gallbladder cancer. Read about all the evidence in our Third Expert Report.

Age-standardised rates are used in the tables. This is a summary measure of the rate of disease that a population would have if it had a standard age structure. Standardisation is necessary when comparing populations that differ with respect to age because age has a powerful influence on the risk of dying from cancer.

Gallbladder cancer rates: both sexes

Bolivia had the highest rate of gallbladder cancer in 2018, followed by Chile.

Rank Country Age-standardised rate per 100,000
1 Bolivia 14.0
2 Chile 9.3
3 Thailand 7.4
4 South Korea 6.8
5 Nepal 6.7
6 Bangladesh 5.1
7 Peru 4.8
8 Japan 4.5
9 Slovakia 4.3
10= New Caledonia (France) 3.6
10= Reunion (France) 3.6
12 Algeria 3.3
13= Slovenia 3.2
13= UAE 3.2
15= Ecuador 3.1
15= El Salvador 3.1
15= Hungary 3.1
15= Papua New Guinea 3.1
15= Uruguay 3.1
20 North Korea 3.0

Gallbladder cancer rates in men

Bolivia had the highest rate of gallbladder cancer in men in 2018, followed by Thailand.

Rank Country Age-standardised rate per 100,000
1 Bolivia 12.8
2 Thailand 9.0
3 South Korea 8.4
4 Chile 6.6
5 Nepal 6.0
6 Japan 5.7
7 Papua New Guinea 4.2
8= Reunion (France) 3.8
8= Uruguay 3.8
10= New Caledonia (France) 3.7
10= Slovakia 3.7
12 North Korea 3.6
13 Peru 3.4
14= Martinique (France) 3.3
14= Slovenia 3.3
16 Cambodia 3.2
17= Hungary 3.0
17= UAE 3.0
19= Bangladesh 2.9
19= Czech Republic 2.9
19= Oman 2.9
19= Serbia 2.9

Gallbladder cancer rates in women

Bolivia had the highest rate of gallbladder cancer in women in 2018, followed by Chile.

Rank Country Age-standardised rate per 100,000
1 Bolivia 15.1
2 Chile 11.7
3= Bangladesh 7.3
3= Nepal 7.3
5= Peru 6.0
5= Thailand 6.0
7 South Korea 5.5
8 Slovakia 4.7
9 Algeria 4.5
10 El Salvador 4.4
11 UAE 3.8
12= Honduras 3.6
12= Libya 3.6
14= Colombia 3.5
14= Japan 3.5
14= New Caledonia (France) 3.5
17= Ecuador 3.4
17= Reunion (France) 3.4
19 Slovenia 3.3
20= French Polynesia 3.2
20= Hungary 3.2