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Should I have a screening test for liver cancer?

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Screening for early detection of primary liver cancer is not performed routinely, but it may be considered for people at high risk for the disease. However, studies haven't determined if screening is beneficial for people who are not at increased risk. To diagnose liver cancer, a doctor must rule out other causes of liver dysfunction.

People at high risk include those with chronic hepatitis, alcoholism, and a condition called hemochromatosis.

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American Cancer Society. 

Allegheny General Hospital Liver Cancer Network.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American Cancer Society. 

Allegheny General Hospital Liver Cancer Network.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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