The spread of hepatitis C is the reason for a 30 per cent rise in
cases of primary liver cancer in the USA, according to research
conducted among veterans of the armed forces.
Researchers from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Houston, Texas,
found that the number of patients treated for cancer associated with HCV
infection trebled in a 3-year period, as reported in the Archives of
The study of more than 1600 veterans diagnosed with primary liver
cancer between 1993 and 1998, found that the hospitalization rate
increased from 36.4 per 100,000 to 47.5 per 100,000 in 3 years.
Cases of cancer associated with HCV infection rose from 2.3 per 100,000
to 7 per 100,000.
The research showed slight increases in rates of cancer linked to
hepatitis B and alcoholic cirrhosis, and in cases of cancer with no risk
factor - but none of these changes were statistically significant.
The researchers, led by Dr Hashem El-Serag, write, "Hepatitis C virus
infection accounts for most of the increase in the number of cases of
primary liver cancer among US veterans."
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