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Prevention of Cholangiocarcinoma

Doctors have little advice on how to prevent bile duct cancer. That's because most risk factors for bile duct cancer are outside your control. Bile duct cancer often develops in people with no known risk factors.

Do what you can to avoid risk factors within your control, such as following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, avoiding excess alcohol use and hepatitis B and C infections (which could lead to cirrhosis), and avoiding certain chemicals at work. Keep your weight at a normal level, since obesity can increase your risk for bile duct and other cancers. If you have a bile duct disease such as sclerosing cholangitis, you should routinely follow up with your doctor.

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