(Medical Xpress) — Liver cancer is expected to become
more common in the United States in coming years. “It’s deadly and it’s
preventable,” says UCSF physician and researcher Tung Nguyen, MD.
The cause of more than eight in 10 liver cancers in the United States is chronic infection with the hepatitis
B or hepatitis C virus. Today the number of new hepatitis infections is
declining. But just as there has been a lag between the decline in
smoking and the drop in lung cancers, it may take many years before the
trend toward fewer hepatitis cases and better hepatitis treatments leads
to fewer liver cancers instead of more.
Nguyen — who emigrated as a child from Vietnam — is fighting
hepatitis in Bay Area Asian American communities. Through outreach and
training of key community members and through campaigns in ethnic media,
Nguyen and his collaborators aim to help reverse the US liver cancer
trend as quickly as possible.