June 8, 2023

A recent study showed that the annual number of new cases and deaths from liver cancer is increasing by more than 55 percent.

A study published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in the Journal of Liver Disease found that 905,700 people worldwide were diagnosed with liver cancer and 830,200 people died from the disease in 2020.

IAEA epidemiologist Harriet Ramgai said the results provide insight into the global burden of liver cancer, stressing that it is an important tool for countries when planning to fight liver cancer.

“We projected that the number of people diagnosed with or dying from liver cancer each year could increase by 500,000 cases or deaths by 2040 unless we achieve a significant reduction in liver cancer through primary prevention.”

Liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death worldwide and is among the top five causes of cancer death in 90 countries.

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