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Why is gallbladder cancer usually not found earlier?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In four out of five cases, gallbladder cancer is diagnosed after it has spread beyond the gallbladder. Early cancer is difficult to detect on physical exam because the gallbladder is not located near the surface of the abdomen. However, this form of cancer is found incidentally in between 1 and 2 percent of gallbladder removal surgeries performed for other reasons. In these cases, the cancer may be caught at an early stage before symptoms have developed.

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