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Why do some people with hepatitis C get liver cancer?

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You're at a higher risk for liver cancer if you have scarring in your liver called cirrhosis. This happens to about 20% of people with long-term hepatitis C.

SOURCES: 

Barnes, E. , January 2015. Hepatology

CDC: "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Know More Hepatitis: Why Baby Boomers Should Be Tested."

Chen, S. and Morgan, T. , April 1, 2006. International Journal of Medical Sciences

Jagpreet, C. , Aug. 5, 2014. Annals of Internal Medicine

Mondelli, M. , November 2007. Hepatology

News release, . Journal of the American Medical Association

Providence Health Services: "FAQ: The link between hepatitis C and liver cancer."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Viral Hepatitis: Frequently Asked Questions."

News release, FDA.

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

Barnes, E. , January 2015. Hepatology

CDC: "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Know More Hepatitis: Why Baby Boomers Should Be Tested."

Chen, S. and Morgan, T. , April 1, 2006. International Journal of Medical Sciences

Jagpreet, C. , Aug. 5, 2014. Annals of Internal Medicine

Mondelli, M. , November 2007. Hepatology

News release, . Journal of the American Medical Association

Providence Health Services: "FAQ: The link between hepatitis C and liver cancer."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Viral Hepatitis: Frequently Asked Questions."

News release, FDA.

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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