Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease in which malignant cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder, the pear-shaped organ that lies just under the liver in the upper abdomen. The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made by the liver to digest fat.
Being a woman can increase the risk of developing gallbladder cancer as does being a Native American.
In 2018, an estimated 12,190 new cases of gallbladder cancer and other biliary cancers will be diagnosed and nearly 3,800 adults will die of these cancers in the United States, according to federal data.
Source: National Cancer Institute