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Gallbladder Cancer Causes & Risks

Causes

The exact cause of gallbladder cancer is unknown.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors include:

  • Sex: female
  • Having gallstones or chronic inflammation of the gallbladder, including calcification of the gallbladder (porcelain gallbladder)
  • Ethnicity: Native American and Hispanics have a higher incidence of gallbladder cancer, perhaps because they also have a higher incidence of gallstones.
  • Typhoid fever or chronic salmonella infection
  • Physical abnormalities of the gallbladder and ducts, such as choledochal cysts or polyps of the gallbladder
  • Exposure to some chemicals, such as azotoluene and nitrosamines, found in metal processing and rubber production

In addition, women are more likely to get gallbladder cancer than men. It is also more common in older individuals.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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