Historical overview of research into the etiology of hepatocellular carcinoma

  • Toshitsugu Oda


Whether hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) can be induced by viruses or not is a recent area of study in the field of molecular biomedicine and also a medical issue of worldwide concern. In Japan, cancer claims the life of 190,000 people a year and now ranks as the number one cause of death. Deaths from the disease have recently exceeded the figures for circulatory diseases, which kill more than 140,000 annually. We have overcome diseases caused by bacteria one after the other, with tuberculosis as a most recent example, and as a result during these past decades, our average life span has been extended significantly. In parallel with this extended longevity, cancer and circulatory diseases have begun to draw general attention today.


Liver Cancer Primary Liver Cancer Circulatory Disease Liver Cancer Study Group Australia Antigen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshitsugu Oda
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  1. 1.Japanese Red Cross Medical CenterTokyoJapan

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