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.