Adult primary liver cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the liver.
Most liver cancers in the U.S. occur in people with cirrhosis (liver scarring), typically from chronic hepatitis B and C infection or heavy alcohol use. People with hepatitis B can also get liver cancer without having cirrhosis.
Hepatitis B (HBV) is the primary cause of liver cancer. It can be transmitted by sexual contact, needle use, and during birth from mothers who are chronic carriers, a common way that Asian Americans get hepatitis B.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is another major cause of liver cancer. It is transmitted by sharing blood with an infected person via injection drug use, blood transfusions, or needle stick injuries.
Men develop liver cancer at more than double the rate of women.
Asian Americans bear the brunt of this disease, but the past 20 years have brought increases in liver cancer in African Americans and Latinos.
HCV and HBV can be asymptomatic, and many who are infected often are unaware that they harbor the viruses.
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Most liver cancers in the U.S. occur in people with cirrhosis (liver scarring), typically from chronic hepatitis B and C infection or heavy alcohol use. People with hepatitis B can also get liver cancer without having cirrhosis. San Francisco is no different.
Hepatitis and liver cancer resources in San Francisco
Hepatitis B Phone Line (415) 336-2629 - for all hepatitis B related questions
Free Hepatitis B screenings (Hep B Free)
Free Hepatitis B Screening (CPMC)
Hepatitis C in San Francisco (End Help C)
Screening and vaccinations (Chinese Hospital)
Screening and vaccinations (Hep B Project)
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Knowing our status and regularly monitoring our liver can ensure that Hepatitis B doesn’t have to end with cancer.