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How can you get liver cancer?

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Because all the blood in the body must pass your liver, the organ comes in contact with many cancer cells traveling in the bloodstream.

Liver cancer can originate in the liver, or it can happen from cancer that forms elsewhere in the body and then spreads to the liver. The second type, called metastatic, is most common.

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American Cancer Society. 

Allegheny General Hospital Liver Cancer Network

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 29, 2017

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American Cancer Society. 

Allegheny General Hospital Liver Cancer Network

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 29, 2017

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