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Friday, November 4, 2011

Some People with Hepatitis B May Need Liver Cancer Screening Sooner and More Often

Asian immigrants in the U.S. who have chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection may develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) at younger-than-expected ages, suggesting that people with risk factors such as smoking and family history should start liver cancer screening sooner and receive it more frequently, according to a report in the September 13, 2011, advance edition of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Over years or decades, chronic hepatitis B (and C) can lead to serious liver damage including cirrhosis and HCC. In the U.S., hepatitis B is much more prevalent among people from Asia, where HBV is endemic and many people became perinatally infected before the advent of widespread vaccination.

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