Gallbladder cancer statistics

Gallbladder cancer is the 20th most common cancer worldwide

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.
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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.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Bolivia14.0
2Chile9.3
3Thailand7.4
4South Korea6.8
5Nepal6.7
6Bangladesh5.1
7Peru4.8
8Japan4.5
9Slovakia4.3
10=New Caledonia (France)3.6
10=Reunion (France)3.6
12Algeria3.3
13=Slovenia3.2
13=UAE3.2
15=Ecuador3.1
15=El Salvador3.1
15=Hungary3.1
15=Papua New Guinea3.1
15=Uruguay3.1
20North Korea3.0

Gallbladder cancer rates in men

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

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Bolivia12.8
2Thailand9.0
3South Korea8.4
4Chile6.6
5Nepal6.0
6Japan5.7
7Papua New Guinea4.2
8=Reunion (France)3.8
8=Uruguay3.8
10=New Caledonia (France)3.7
10=Slovakia3.7
12North Korea3.6
13Peru3.4
14=Martinique (France)3.3
14=Slovenia3.3
16Cambodia3.2
17=Hungary3.0
17=UAE3.0
19=Bangladesh2.9
19=Czech Republic2.9
19=Oman2.9
19=Serbia2.9

Gallbladder cancer rates in women

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

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1Bolivia15.1
2Chile11.7
3=Bangladesh7.3
3=Nepal7.3
5=Peru6.0
5=Thailand6.0
7South Korea5.5
8Slovakia4.7
9Algeria4.5
10El Salvador4.4
11UAE3.8
12=Honduras3.6
12=Libya3.6
14=Colombia3.5
14=Japan3.5
14=New Caledonia (France)3.5
17=Ecuador3.4
17=Reunion (France)3.4
19Slovenia3.3
20=French Polynesia3.2
20=Hungary3.2
The data quoted on these webpages come from the Global Cancer Observatory, owned by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and are used with permission. The incidence statistics for 2018 are projections calculated from cancer registry data collected before 2018. Full information on the methods used by IARC is available here.
Source: Bray F, Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Siegel RL, Torre LA, Jemal A. Global Cancer Statistics 2018: GLOBOCAN estimates of incidence and mortality worldwide for 36 cancers in 185 countries. CA Cancer J Clin, in press. The online GLOBOCAN 2018 database is accessible at http://gco.iarc.fr/, as part of IARC’s Global Cancer Observatory.