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Risk Factors

The following factors increase the risk of liver cancer:

  • Inherited liver disease: People with inherited liver diseases, such as Wilson’s disease or hemochromatosis, are at increased risk of liver cancer.
  • Diabetes: People with diabetes are at increased risk of liver cancer compared to non-diabetics.
  • Aflatoxin exposure: Aflatoxins is a poisonous substances produced by molds. These are produced on crops that are not stored properly. Intake of food made from contaminated crops increase the risk of liver cancer.
  • Underlying liver diseases: Certain underlying diseases, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cirrhosis, increase the risk of liver cancer.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol: Intake of an excessive amount of alcohol for a significant period results in liver damage and increases the risk of liver cancer.
  • Chronic hepatitis infection: The risk of liver cancer is increased in patients with chronic hepatitis B and C infection.

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