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Hepatocellular cancer

Hepatocellular Cancer

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273–6
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Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) occurs in the setting of chronic hepatitis B infection and cirrhosis of the liver. Most patients may already have a liver disease, hence the onset of HCC may be missed until it reaches an advanced stage. This article will review the presentation, diagnosis and treatment modalities of this disease.

INTRODUCTION


Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer worldwide and the third most frequent cause of death from cancer (1). The risk of HCC increases with age. There is a significant effect of gender on the risk of development of HCC. The worldwide male to female incidence ratio is 2.7:1.

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e-Published: 18 Sep, 2013
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