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Understanding Liver Cancer -- the Basics

What Causes Liver Cancer? continued...

Other risk factors for liver cancer may include:

  • Your sex. Men are more likely to get hepatocellular carcinoma than women.
  • Your weight. Obesity can increasethe risk for hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Your race. In the U.S., liver cancer is most common in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Anabolic steroid use. Male hormones abused by athletes to increase muscle can slightly increase liver cancer risk with long-term use.
  • History of diabetes. Studies have suggested a link between diabetes and liver cancer. This is likely due to the link between diabetes and fatty liver disease.
  • Inherited metabolic diseases. Diseases that disrupt the normal metabolism of the body have been shown to increase your risk of liver cancer.
  • Rare diseases. Studies have found a link between liver cancer and some rare diseases like alpha -1-antitrypsin deficiency, tyrosinemia, and Wilson's disease.

 

 

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on April 28, 2014

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