Liver Cancer

There are two types of cancerous tumours that can occur in the liver.

  • Primary liver cancer is cancer that originates in the liver
  • Secondary liver cancer is cancer that has spread (metastasised) to the liver from other organs, such as the colon or pancreas

Liver Cancer Risk Factors

The exact causes of Liver Cancer are known yet known. But some of the risk factors are detailed below.

Hepatitis B and C

Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) increases your risk of liver cancer


This progressive and irreversible condition causes scar tissue to form in your liver and increases your chances of developing liver cancer


People with this blood sugar disorder have a greater risk of liver cancer than do people who don't have diabetes

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

An accumulation of fat in the liver increases the risk of liver cancer

Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Consuming more than a moderate amount of alcohol daily over many years can lead to irreversible liver damage and increase your risk of liver cancer


Increase cancer risk has been associated with obesity, in particular a body mass index (BMI) of over 30. Obesity is found more often in people who do not exercise regularly, and this may also be associated with increased risk

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