The risk of liver cancer is greater for people who have chronic HBV or HCV infection than for the general population.1
If you have chronic HBV infection:
You may develop liver cancer even if you do not have cirrhosis. But most people who have HBV and liver cancer also have cirrhosis.
Receiving antiviral therapy to treat chronic HBV infection may lower your risk for developing livercancer.
If you have chronic HCV infection:
The strain (genotype) of HCV infection does not appear to affect your risk for developing livercancer.
You are not at significant risk of developing cancer unless you also already have cirrhosis.
You are at greatly increased risk of livercancer if you have alcohol-related cirrhosis in addition to hepatitis.
Receiving antiviral therapy to treat chronic HCV infection may lower your risk for developing liver cancer.2
Screening with ultrasound of the liver, liver function tests, and blood tests (including alpha-fetoprotein [AFP]) every 6 to 12 months is recommended for people at risk of liver cancer.
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November 14, 2014
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