Saturday, August 31, 2013

Liver Cancer Due to Chronic Inflammation: Tumor Growth Follows Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis)

 Liver Cancer Due to Chronic Inflammation: Tumor Growth Follows Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis)

Aug. 30, 2013 — Liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma, HCC) usually arises as the result of a chronic, inflammatory liver disease. The most common causes here are excessive alcohol consumption as well as a high-fat diet and also chronic infection with the hepatitis viruses B and C. In the course of the inflammatory process, the liver cells (hepatocytes) die more frequently due to programmed cell death. The result is increased cell growth, also referred to as compensatory proliferation, which can lead to tumour development.

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