FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Liver cancer is the third most common cancer in the world.
  • Liver cancer in men is the fifth most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide but the second most frequent cause of cancer death. In women, it is the seventh most commonly diagnosed cancer and the sixth leading cause of cancer death.
  • As of 2008, a total of 177 countries (91%) had introduced the HBV vaccine into their national infant immunisation schedules, although in 2006 only 27% of infants worldwide received the first dose within 24 hours of birth, as recommended by the WHO.
  • About three-quarters of the cases of liver cancer are found in the Far East (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan). Liver cancer is also very common in Sub-Saharan Africa where 1 out of 12 individuals have been infected with viral hepatitis.

 

References:

1: http://liver.stanford.edu/Media/articles/manilatimes.pdf
2: Stuart, Keith. MedicineNet.com. What is liver cancer (hepatocellular Carcinoma, HCC)? June 11, 2012
3: CA Cancer J Clin 2011; 61:69-90
4: www.cdc.gov/Features/dsHepatitisAwareness/