What is GallBladder Cancer?

Gallbladder cancer is a malignant cell or tumour that has infected the tissues of the gallbladder. Gallbladder is an organ of the body found just below the liver. It is pear-shaped and stores bile, which is manufactured by the liver to digest fat. Bile is released from the gallbladder and passes through the bile duct into the small intestines to digest any fat.

There are Three main layers of the gallbladder: Serosal (outer) layer, Muscularis (middle) layer and the Mucosal (inner) layer. There are supportive connecting tissues between these layers and gallbladder cancer mostly starts in mucosal (inner) layer, spreading to the outer layer as it grows.

As is with other forms of cancer, a number of risk factors are thought to be a cause of gallbladder cancer. These include: Smoking, Lack of vital minerals and nutrients in the body leading to cell mutation in the gallbladder tissues and poor hygiene. Gallbladder is most common in native Americans and more so in women. However, gallbladder cancer has been diagnosed all over the world.

Gallbladder cancer shows certain symptoms or signs: (a) Jaundice. This is the yellowing of the skin accompanied by whiteness of the eyes. This is thought to be because of cancer cells infecting the bile duct leading to accumulation of fats in the intestines. (b) Pain above or at times in the stomach (c) High continuous fever (d) Nausea and vomiting (e) Bloating. It is advisable for one to visit a specialist if he/she experiences one or a combination of these symptoms.

Treatment of gallbladder cancer in most cases takes the form of chemotherapy. Eating a diet rich in foods that contain high levels of vitamins K, C, minerals and amino acids regularly greatly lowers the risk of getting gallbladder cancer as some of these vitamins and minerals have cancer fighting properties.

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