Expectations of a frightening rise in liver cancer victims by 2040

Expectations of a frightening rise in liver cancer victims by 2040

Expectations of a frightening rise in liver cancer victims by 2040
Expectations of a frightening rise in liver cancer victims by 2040


Liver cancer cases and deaths are expected to rise by at least 55 percent worldwide by 2040 unless additional efforts are made to combat the often preventable disease, researchers said Thursday.

About 905,700 people were diagnosed with liver cancer, and 830,200 others died as a result of its infection in 2020 around the world, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization based in Lyon, France.

If the current rate of infections and deaths continues, 1.4 million people will be diagnosed and 1.3 million more people will die of liver cancer by 2040, according to the study.

These results represent an annual increase of 500,000 cases, whether injury or death, said Arieh Romgai, an epidemiologist from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, who is the lead author of the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology.

The study also found that liver cancer is one of the top three causes of cancer death in 46 countries, and appears among the top five causes in nearly 100 countries.

The highest case and death rates were in East and Southeast Asia, as well as in North Africa.

This type of cancer can be largely prevented if an effort is made to control it, co-author Isabelle Surgumataram said in a statement, noting that "the factors that promote infection are hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and taking Alcohol, overweight and metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes.

The researchers explained that the poor expectations reported by the study confirm the need to intensify efforts to combat hepatitis B and C, which have been halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, calling for more vaccinations, tests and treatments.

Rumgai called for measures to be taken aimed at reducing the population's consumption of alcohol and curbing the prevalence of diabetes and obesity.


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