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Primary liver cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the liver. Secondary liver cancer is cancer that spreads to the liver from another part of the body. Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic.
Primary liver cancer, which starts in the liver, accounts for about 2% of cancers in the U.S., but up to half of all cancers in some developing countries. This is largely due to the prevalence of hepatitis, which predisposes a person to liver cancer. In the U.S., primary liver cancer strikes twice as many men as women, at the average age of 67.
Learn about liver cancer and find information on how we support and care for people with liver cancer before, during, and after treatment.
The following information is from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
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