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Why does cirrhosis sometimes lead to liver cancer?

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Cirrhosis can take 20 or more years to develop. During that time, the healthy cells in your liver are slowly replaced with scar tissue. While these scars grow, your liver tries to heal itself by creating new cells. But this process has a downside. It can raise your odds of getting liver cancer. The more cells your liver creates, the higher the chances that a change, or mutation, will take place. And that's what causes cancerous tumors.

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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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