Key Statistics

  • About 2,000 to 3,000 people in the United States develop bile duct cancer each year.
  • Bile duct cancer is much more common in Asia and the Middle East, mostly because of a common parasitic infection of the bile duct.
  • Almost 2 out of 3 people with bile duct cancer are 65 or older when it is found.
    • The average age of people diagnosed with cancer of the intrahepatic bile ducts is 70
    • The average age of people diagnosed with cancer of the extrahepatic bile ducts is 73
  • The chances of survival for patients with bile duct cancer depend to a large extent on its location and how advanced it is when it is found.

Adapted from National Institutes of Health: http://www.cancer.gov/