Hepatitis, cirrhosis raise liver cancer risk with diabetes

12/28/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

Diabetes patients with cirrhosis and hepatitis B and C were more than twice as likely than their nondiabetic counterparts to develop liver cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. "These observations suggest that patients with these disorders may be the high-risk group that deserves to be closely monitored. The importance of hepatitis C should not be overlooked," researcher Dr. Shih-Wei Lai said. Hepatitis C was more strongly associated with the cancer risk than was hepatitis B.

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