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Liver Cancer Overview

Primary liver cancer, or cancer that starts in the liver, is rare in the United States. It represents about 2% of all cancers, though rates are currently rising. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 15,000 men and 6,000 women in the US are diagnosed with the disease every year.

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Though uncommon in the United States, liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world. There are over one million new cases of the disease diagnosed annually worldwide. Incidence rates are especially high in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In some countries in these areas, primary liver cancer is the most common type of cancer.

Liver cancer is difficult to treat since it is hard to detect early. But, there is reason to hope. Researchers are working every day to create new technologies and techniques that will help win the fight against liver cancer.

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