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High HBV Viral Load Linked to Greater Risk of Liver Cancer

Having a high blood level of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA increases the likelihood of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a form of primary liver cancer, according to a study described in the January 13, 2012, Journal of Virology.

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Hepatitis B and C Are Major Causes of Liver Cancer in U.S.

Chronic hepatitis C infection has replaced alcohol-related cirrhosis as a major cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, a form of primary liver cancer) in the U.S., according to a study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A related analysis found that among immigrants from Somalia, hepatitis B and C were both significant causes of liver cancer.

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AASLD 2011: Engineered Poxvirus Shows Promise for Treating Advanced Liver Cancer

A genetically engineered vaccinia poxvirus (JX-594) can rapidly destroy tumors and prolong survival of people with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a late-breaker presentation at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Liver Meeting (AASLD 2011) this week in San Francisco.alt

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MicroRNA Blood Test May Help Diagnose Early Liver Cancer in People with Hepatitis B

A set of 7 microRNAs in blood plasma accurately diagnosed hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and could distinguish between liver cancer and cirrhosis among people with chronic hepatitis B, according to study findings reported in the November 21, 2011, advance online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.alt

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Some People with Hepatitis B May Need Liver Cancer Screening Sooner and More Often

Asian immigrants in the U.S. who have chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection may develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) at younger-than-expected ages, suggesting that people with risk factors such as smoking and family history should start liver cancer screening sooner and receive it more frequently, according to a report in the September 13, 2011, advance edition of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.alt

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