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Viral hepatitis and liver cancer

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      In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975 – 2012 (ARN). The report shows, in contrast to most other cancers in the U.S., liver cancer incidence is increasing at a rapid rate (2.3 percent per year overall from 2003 – 2012) – second only to thyroid cancer – and the rate of deaths due to liver cancer is increasing faster than for any other type of cancer. Hepatitis B and C are major contributing factors to liver cancer – underscoring the critical importance of hepatitis prevention and treatment. The most recent U.S. cancer data show: • Liver cancer increased 72 percent between 2003 – 2012 • (16,265 to 28,012) • Almost 23,000 people died from liver cancer in 2012, a 56 percent increase in deaths since 2003 • The ARN indicates Hepatitis C and liver cancer-associated death rates were highest among baby boomers, born 1945 – 1965, who also represent the vast majority of Americans with hepatitis C infection viral-hep-liver-cancer.pdf
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