At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts focus on studying gallbladder cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes gallbladder cancer — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.

Screening for Gallbladder & Bile Duct Cancers

Cancer screening exams can help find gallbladder cancer at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms. Unlike some cancers, gallbladder cancer has no reliable early indicators that doctors can use to screen for the cancer.

Not only are expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James continually working to detect and diagnose gallbladder cancer early, but they are also developing additional tests to detect and diagnose cancer even earlier, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.

Risk Factors for Gallbladder Cancer

A risk factor is anything that increases your risk of getting gallbladder cancer. Women develop gallbladder cancer more often than men do, for example. People of Native American or Mexican descent are also at increased risk. The disease occurs much more often in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. Other risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Gallstones
  • Older age
  • Polyps in the gallbladder
  • Bile duct abnormalities or cysts

Risk Factors for Bile Duct Cancer

People who have several liver or bile duct diseases have higher risk of bile duct cancer because their bile ducts are chronically inflamed. These diseases include:

  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Chronic ulcerative colitis
  • Choledochal cysts
  • Infection with a parasite (liver fluke) that occurs in Asian countries as a result of eating raw fish

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

If you have received a gallbladder or bile duct cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a gallbladder or bile duct cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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