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4. Oh man, it is Hep C. No longer a cancer/death sentence for sure, but still, a lot of problems
Tue Dec 3, 2013, 12:07 AM
Dec 2013

associated with it, not to mention the being set up for liver cancer and/or liver failure and/or need for liver transplant.



Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is also associated with the development of liver cancer. In fact, in Japan, hepatitis C virus is present in up to 75% of people who have liver cancer. As with hepatitis B virus, the majority of hepatitis C virus patients with liver cancer have associated cirrhosis (liver scarring). In several studies of the natural history of hepatitis C, the average time to develop liver cancer after exposure to hepatitis C virus was about 28 years. The liver cancer occurred about 8 to 10 years after the development of cirrhosis in these patients with hepatitis C. Up to 2.5% of people with chronic hepatitis C infection will go on to get liver cancer.
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