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Can I inherit gallbladder cancer from a parent?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Gallbladder cancer is generally not inherited. While genetic changes or mutations can cause this form of cancer, these genetic changes are usually not present at birth. In the case of gallbladder cancer, chronic inflammation is thought to cause DNA changes in the cells that line the gallbladder, leading to the abnormal growth of cells and development of cancer. If you have a family history of this form of cancer, you may have a slightly higher risk. However, if you have a parent with gallbladder cancer, it is very unlikely that you will inherit the condition.

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