Hepatocellular Carcinoma Caused by Hepatitis B Virus

  • Joseph L. Melnick


Although hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is rare in Europe and North America, it is very common in many areas of the world, including Africa and Southeast Asia, where it is among the ten most common human cancers. It is estimated that there are more than 250,000 new patients with liver cancer each year. Over 30 new cases of hepatoma occur per 100,000 population annually in the high–prevalence areas, but the yearly incidence is less than five per 100,000 in most countries of North America, Europe, and Australia. Hepatocellular carcinoma is more common in males than among females. Its prevalence increases with age, although in high-risk populations, the disease also occurs in younger age groups.


Ground Squirrel Pekin Duck Woodchuck Hepatitis Virus HepatoceUular Carcinoma Ground Squirrel Hepatitis Virus 
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  • Joseph L. Melnick
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  1. 1.Department of Virology and EpidemiologyBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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