Gallbladder Cancer Risk Factors

Some of the factors that increase the risk of the occurrence of gallbladder cancer include:

Sex – cancer of the gallbladder affects about three times more women than men.

Age – most victims of gallbladder cancer are aged over 60 years; the disease occurs mainly after age 70.

Race – higher rates of gallbladder cancer in the U.S. are found among Native American and Hispanic, especially Mexicans.

Obesity – being obese increases your risk for developing many types of cancer, including gallbladder cancer.

Inflammation of the gallbladder – primary gallbladder adenocarcinomas are sometimes linked to chronic inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis).

Porcelain gallbladder – also called calcification of the gallbladder, porcelain gallbladder account for 10-25% incidence of gallbladder cancer.

Certain professions – all professions that regularly expose you to caoutchouc and toxic chemicals increase your chance of becoming a gallbladder cancer victim.

Taking certain medications – certain drugs used in the treatment of high cholesterol such as the fibrates are suspected in the development of gallbladder cancer.

Other suspected risk factors include: 

  • estrogens
  • Crohn ileocolitis
  • ulcerative colitis
  • typhoid fever,
  • gallbladder polyps
  • anomalous pancreatobiliary duct junction

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