January 20th, 2012

Researchers Identify Liver Cancer Risk Factors

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Two new studies from the Mayo Clinic find that hepatitis C infection and obesity could be to blame for a surge in liver cancer cases, which have tripled over the last 30 years.  Late-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or liver cancer, has only a 10 percent to 12 percent five-year survival rate, according to figures in a Mayo news release. The researchers say their findings could help doctors diagnose the disease earlier and save lives. Both studies appear in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings "The studies illuminate the importance of identifying people with risk factors in certain populations to help catch the disease in its early, treatable stages," said Dr. W. Ray Kim, a gastroenterology and hepatology specialist and principal investigator of one study, in the release. Additional coverage: South Asia Mail, Doctors Lounge, Post-Bulletin

MSN by Mary Elizabeth Dallas, 1/9/2012

Tags: Cancer, GI, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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