Number of deaths from liver cancer on the rise

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Liver cancer deaths on the rise: Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on July 17, 2018. (WPVI)

The number of people dying due to liver cancer has shot up. This is despite the fact that cancer death rates overall are going down.

Most cases of liver cancer are caused by liver disease. Risk factors include being overweight, smoking, drinking excess alcohol and Hepatitis B and C.

Many experts blame the surge in liver cancer on higher rates of obesity and more Hepatitis C infections in baby boomers.

Blood and organ transplants didn't start screening for Hepatitis C until 1992 and that was a common way it was spread.

The researchers hope better treatment of Hep C and lifestyle changes can help prevent more cases of cancer.

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