Increase in U.S. liver cancer rates is linked to undetected hepatitis

05/6/2010 | HealthDay News

CDC researchers found that the rate of hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, in the U.S. increased by an average annual rate of 3.5% from 2001 to 2006. The researchers point to untreated chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections as primary reasons for the increase. They urged more screening and public awareness, as well as vaccination for hepatitis B, to prevent liver cancer.

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