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What is aflatoxin and does it increase the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma?

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Aflatoxin is a harmful substance made by certain types of mold on peanuts, corn, and other nuts and grains. It can cause hepatocellular carcinoma. The U.S. has safety measures that limit aflatoxin in the food supply.

From: Hepatocellular Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

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