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Author Topic: Liver Cancer Diagnoses and Deaths Are Rising but Major Disparities Persist  (Read 1803 times)

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Liver cancer is an increasingly prominent scourge in the United States, both in terms of new diagnoses and related deaths. A new analysis of related trends highlights considerable racial and regional disparities in the disease and finds that such differences are largely driven by variations in liver cancer risk factors, such as hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates.

Among U.S. men and women, liver cancer is the fifth and eighth leading cause of cancer death, respectively, accounting for approximately 41,000 and 29,000 deaths in 2017, respectively. Additionally, the death rate for liver cancer is increasing at a faster rate than for any other cancer and has been rising since at least the mid-1970s. This upward trend is expected to continue through 2030 or later, driven in large part by the high prevalence of hep C among baby boomers, (those born between 1946 and 1965). Increasing rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes likely also contribute to the upward trend.

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