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Conditions We Treat: Liver Cancer

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

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  • 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.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for liver cancer?