Risk Factors for Gallbladder Cancer

Risk Factors for Gallbladder Cancer

The month of February is dedicated to the awareness of Gallbladder and Bile Duct cancer. Gallbladder cancer is not usually found until it has become advanced and causes symptoms. Only about 1 of 5 gallbladder cancers is found in the early stages, when the cancer has not yet spread beyond the gallbladder.

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed. Others, like a person’s age or family history, can’t be changed. Scientists have found several risk factors that make a person more likely to develop gallbladder cancer. Many of these are related in some way to chronic inflammation (irritation and swelling) in the gallbladder.

Some risk factors for gallbladder cancer include:

Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/gallbladdercancer/detailedguide/gallbladder-risk-factors

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