There are several risk factors that can increase an individual’s risk of developing gallbladder cancer. These include:
- Sex: Gallbladder cancer is more common in women than men.
- Age: The chances of developing gallbladder cancer increases with age.
- History of gallstones: Gallbladder cancer is commonly found in people who have gallstones or have had gallstones in the past. Larger gallstones may carry a larger risk.
- Other gallbladder conditions: Polyps, chronic inflammation and gallbladder infection can increase the risk of gallbladder cancer.
- Inflammation of bile ducts: Primary sclerosing cholangitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the bile ducts increases the risk of developing gallbladder cancer.