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Hepatitis Awareness: 10 Liver Cancer Risks

February 28, 2011

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To prevent having any controllable conditions that favor liver cancer development, this list of the most prevalent liver cancer risks is useful to those with chronic hepatitis.

Top 10 Liver Cancer Risk Factors

By Linda Fugate PhD

February 16, 2011

Liver cancer rates doubled in the United States between 1976 and 2002, and is one of the most deadly cancers worldwide. A recent review article reported on the risk factors:

  1. Hepatitis B or C virus infection. Worldwide, viral liver infections are the most common cause of liver cancer. Rates of hepatitis C infection are on the rise in the United States, and this is one contributing factor to the rising rates of liver cancer.
  2. Alcohol. Liver damage is the most familiar hazard of excessive alcohol consumption. Cirrhosis is a common step on the way to liver cancer.
  3. Obesity. A study of 28,129 individuals in Sweden showed a three-fold increase in liver cancer rates in obese patients. Excess weight is also associated with a higher mortality rate from this cancer. Rising rates of obesity may contribute to the increase in liver cancer rates.

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