Liver Cancer Risk Factors
Cirrhosis is a disease that develops when liver cells are damaged and replaced with scar tissue. Cirrhosis may be caused by alcohol abuse, certain drugs and other chemicals, and certain viruses or parasites. About 5 percent of people with cirrhosis develop liver cancer.
No one knows why, but men are twice as likely as women to get liver cancer.
People who have family members with liver cancer may be more likely to get liver cancer themselves.
In the United States, liver cancer occurs more often in people over age 60 than in younger people.
The more risk factors for liver cancer a person has, the greater the chance that liver cancer will develop. However, many people with known risk factors for liver cancer do not develop the disease. People who think they may be at risk for liver cancer should discuss this concern with their doctor. The doctor may plan a schedule for regular checkups.