Untreated Viral Hepatitis Leads To Liver Cancer – Part 1 of 3
Untreated Viral Hepatitis Leads To Liver Cancer. A genus of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, is increasing in the United States, and health officials trace to much of the rise to untreated hepatitis infections. Chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C are responsible for 78 percent of hepatocellular carcinoma around the world. In the United States, as many as 5,3 million folk have chronic viral hepatitis and don’t know it, according to the May 6 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So “The liver cancer rates are increasing in differ to most other major forms of cancer,” said Dr John Ward, director of CDC’s viral hepatitis division and co-author of the report. Viral hepatitis is a prime reason for the increase.
The rate of hepatocellular carcinoma increased from 2,7 per 100,000 persons in 2001 to 3,2 in 2006 – an average annual increase of 3,5 percent, according to the report. The highest rates are seen all Asian Pacific Islanders and blacks, the CDC researchers noted.