Tuesday, February 4, 2014

'Liver cancer could kill 40 Filipinos a day by 2030'

Globally, the leading cause of liver cancer is infection due to the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) which accounts for 53% of primary liver cancer cases.

MANILA, Philippines – If not prevented now, the number of deaths due to liver cancer will be twice the current average of 20 Filipinos a day 20 years from now, Dr Samuel So of Stanford's Asian Liver Center said on World Cancer Day, February 4.

This projection is based on latest estimates of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) for the Philippines. So said that liver cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths in the country, the 2nd among Filipino men, and the 5th among women.

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