CDC: Liver Cancer and Hepatitis

Key findings on liver cancer:1

  • Each year in the United States, about 25,000 men and 11,000 women get liver cancer, and about 19,000 men and 9,000 women die from the disease. 
  • In all racial and ethnic populations, almost 3 times as many men as women were diagnosed with liver cancer.
  • In 2019, liver cancer incidence rates were highest among Hispanic men, followed by non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander men, then non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native men.
  • Hepatitis C and liver cancer-associated death rates were highest among those born in 1945-1965; these also represent the majority of Americans with hepatitis C infection.

How Can I Reduce My Risk for Liver Cancer?2

According to the CDC you can lower your risk of getting liver cancer in the following ways—

  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis B. The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all infants at birth and for adults and those who may be at increased risk.
  • Get tested for Hepatitis C, and get medical care if you have it.
  • Don’t smoke, or quit if you do.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol.

Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer

Visit the Division of Viral Hepatitis

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