Liver Cancer Rates Rise Among Certain Groups Despite Overall Decline


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Overall, cancer incidence in the United States has decreased, but liver cancer is one of the exceptions. Each year, about 25,000 men and 11,000 women get liver cancer — an increase of 48 percent since 2000, according to research.

Now a new analysis of liver cancer, published September 5 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, provides insights into emerging trends and racial and ethnic differences. “Since 2015, there’s been a decline in liver cancer from hepatitis C — likely due to the advent of direct-acting antivirals — but an increasing incidence of liver cancer from fatty-liver disease, reflecting rising rates of obesity and diabetes in the general population,” says a corresponding author of the new study, Paulo Pinheiro, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami.

There’s a false notion that rates are stable, when in reality, certain risks are actually rising and need to be addressed to improve prevention efforts, says Dr. Pinheiro. This is especially important because liver cancer is highly fatal, with a five-year survival rate of only 18 percent.

The study found that race and birthplace influence the causes of liver cancer, with clear differences for various groups and even within some groups who are often “lumped” together, and the disparity appears to be tied to socioeconomic factors, the authors wrote.


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