Bile Duct Cancer: Statistics

February 17, 2018

Bile Duct Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Statistics are numbers that are used to measure certain things. Some people use statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of recovery. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They don’t take into account a person's own risk factors. These may include family history, behaviors, or not having cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for bile duct cancer?

 Here are some statistics about bile duct cancer: 

  • About 8,000 people are diagnosed with bile duct cancer each year in the United States. 

  • The average age at diagnosis is 70, for intrahepatic and 72 for extrahepatic bile duct cancers.

  • People in Asia or the Middle East are the most likely to get bile duct cancer. They are also more likely to die of it. This is partly because a parasitic infection of the bile ducts is more common in these areas of the world. This parasite, called a liver fluke, raises the risk for bile duct cancer.



February 17, 2018

Reviewed By:  

LoCicero, Richard, MD,Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN