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Should I be screened routinely 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 anyone. To diagnose liver cancer, a doctor must rule out other causes of liver dysfunction.

Patients at high risk include patients with a condition called hemochromatosis, chronic hepatitis, and alcoholics.

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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