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What Causes Liver Cancer?

There are a number of risk factors for liver cancer, though some pose more risk than others. For example, while chronic hepatitis infections significantly raise your chances of developing liver cancer, genetic mutations that can cause the disease are relatively rare.

While you can control some risk factors, you have no control over others. For instance, around the world, twice as many men are diagnosed with liver cancer as women — most of whom are over the age of 50. Further, in the United States, more Asians, African Americans, and Hispanics have liver cancer than other ethnic groups.

Keep in mind, though, that having one or more risk factors for liver cancer does not mean you will necessarily develop the disease. At the same time, even if you are not at high risk for liver cancer and make healthy lifestyle choices, it’s still possible you may get liver cancer. It’s not always clear why a person develops liver cancer.

Learn more about liver cancer risks below:

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