What are the risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma?

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What are the risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma?

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This cancer usually occurs in people who have chronic scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis. Most commonly, this is caused by chronic infection from one of two viruses: hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Alcohol abuse also increases the risk of developing cirrhosis. Some inherited diseases, especially a disorder called hemochromatosis (in which the body absorbs too much iron), can cause cirrhosis and, in time, hepatocellular carcinoma.

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