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Incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma

In the Far East, Hepatocelluar carcinoma affects up to 1% of the population. In Europe the incidence is only 1 per 100,000 of people. In male Chinese carriers of the hepatitis B virus, there may be a lifetime risk of 50% of developing the disease, and exposure to the hepatitis virus and sometimes other infections (e.g. fungal aflatoxin – found in cereals stored in damp conditions) over a long period of time is unquestionably heavily related to an enhanced incidence of the disease. By contrast for the less common type of liver cancer, Cholangiocarcinoma (which is a cancer arising from the linings of the bile ducts), a chronic infection with the liver fluke (Clonorchis sinensis) predisposes to this cancer.

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