Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or liver cancer, occurs when a tumor grows on the liver. It is responsible for over 12,000 deaths per year in the United States, making it one of the most common cancers in adults.
Liver Cancer: What You Need to Know
- Liver cancer can be difficult to detect early. If you have unexplained digestive problems, see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis.
- High-risk patients (carriers for hepatitis B, or those with hepatitis C and hemochromatosis) should undergo regular screenings.
- You may need a biopsy of your liver to confirm a diagnosis of cancer.
- Receiving your hepatitis B vaccination helps prevent liver cancer.
Two of the main causes of liver cancer are hepatitis B and C. Liver cancer is also associated with cirrhosis, a degeneration of the liver.
Read a more in-depth article about liver cancer, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of liver cancer.
Read our FAQs about liver cancer.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for liver cancer?
A laparoscopic liver biopsy provides an accurate diagnosis with a minimally invasive procedure.Find out more about liver biopsy.