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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Liver Cancer: Increasing Incidence, But Greater Therapeutic Options

Although hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) does not garner the type of publicity breast cancer and colon cancer receive, it clearly remains a major cause of cancer mortality.

In the United States, the incidence of liver cancer remains the fifth and ninth leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women with an estimated 13,260 male and 6,330 female deaths in 2011. In contrast to the incidences of colon, lung and breast cancer, which are decreasing, the incidence of liver cancer is increasing.

Studies (Davila et al, Gastroenterology, 2004) indicate this is in part due to the large number of people infected with viral hepatitis. Because of the latency between viral infection, cirrhosis, and the development of cancer, it has been projected that the number of hepatitis C related liver cancer cases will continue to rise and potentially double over the next 10-20 years (reviewed by El-Serag, Hepatology 2002).

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1 comment:

  1. Great post.
    I've already read it and quit interesting.
    thanks for sharing it.