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Health Agencies Update
April 26, 2016

Liver Cancer Death Rate Increases as Overall Cancer Deaths Decline

JAMA. 2016;315(16):1692. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.3599

Between 2008 and 2012, the rate of newly diagnosed liver cancer increased by an average of 2.3% annually, and deaths from liver cancer increased an average of 2.8% for men and 2.2% for women annually from 2003 to 2012, according to an annual report on cancer occurrence and trends (http://bit.ly/1MfXls0). Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections accounted for about 20% of liver cancers, according to the report. About twice as many men as women were diagnosed with liver cancer during this time, and the highest death rates occurred among adults born between 1945 and 1965, who are 6 times as likely as adults of other ages to have HCV.

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