KCTV: Liver cancer deaths are on the rise

October 5, 2018

More people are developing liver cancer than ever before. More than 70% of liver cancers are caused by underlying liver disease, like cirrhosis, fatty liver disease and hepatitis B and C infection. Risk factors for those liver diseases include obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and hepatitis B and C infection. The prevalence in the U.S. of excess body weight and hepatitis C virus infection in baby boomers seems to be playing a role.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that death rates from liver cancer have increased 43% for American adults over a 16-year period from 2000 to 2016. This increase comes even as mortality for all cancers combined has declined. Liver cancer isn’t deadlier than before, and the 10-year survival rate for liver cancer hasn’t changed much.

Dr. Eddie Island, surgical director of Saint Luke's Liver Transplant Program, talks with KCTV about these new findings.

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