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.