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How Do You Get Liver Cancer?

Reviewed on 4/15/2021

The exact reason how you might get liver cancer is unknown.
The exact reason how you might get liver cancer is unknown.

The exact reason how you might get liver cancer is unknown.

Chronic liver disease is often associated with primary liver cancer (cancer that starts in the liver). Scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) increases the risk of liver cancer. Cirrhosis can be caused by

Thus, if you have chronic liver disease with cirrhosis, your risk of liver cancer is doubled.

However, it is not necessary that cirrhosis will eventually lead to liver cancer, and people without cirrhosis may also develop liver cancer.

Other factors that may increase the risk of liver cancer include:

People with certain hereditary and/or rare diseases may be prone to developing liver disease, which include:

What is liver cancer?

Liver cancer, also known as hepatic cancer, is a type of cancer that starts in the liver. Different types of liver cancer are as follows:

  • Primary liver cancer: This cancer starts in the liver. Primary liver cancer is of different types:
  • Metastatic liver cancer (secondary liver cancer): It is a cancer originating in other parts of the body that has spread to the liver.
  • Benign liver tumors: Noncancerous tumors may grow large enough to cause problems, but they do not spread into the nearby tissues.

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What are the treatment options for liver cancer?

Treatment options depend on the stage and type of liver cancer. The most common treatment options include:

How can you reduce your risk of liver cancer?

You can reduce the risk of liver cancer by following these methods:

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References
https://www.webmd.com/cancer/understanding-liver-cancer-basic-information

https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/liver-cancer/#reducing-your-risk

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