A more telling sign that something is up is when jaundice appears, which is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.
Furthermore, the cancerous tumour may start to affect digestion, which can lead to a whole lot of other symptoms.
This can include feelings of nausea, or physically vomiting, feeling a sharp pain in your tummy, or having an achey feeling.
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Having gallstones makes you five times more susceptible to gallbladder cancer.
What are gallstones?
Gallstones are hard lumps, mostly cholesterol, mixed with other substances in bile.
The NHS identified people more at risk of developing gallstones, which includes:
- Being overweight
- Being female
- Being 40 years of age or older
Cancer Research UK mentioned that “drinking alcohol can also increase your risk of gallbladder cancer”.
What happens if the cancer spreads?
If the cancer spreads from the gallbladder to another part of the body it’s called metastases.
Gallbladder cancers are most likely to spread to certain areas, such as:
- The pancreas
- The bile ducts
- The liver
- The small bowel (duodenum)
- The stomach
As with any type of cancer, the earlier it’s discovered, the more likely there’s a chance for recovery.
Should you be concerned you may have cancer, your first point of call is your GP.
For more information on different types of cancer and the support available, please visit Cancer Research UK.