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Causes and Risk Factors
Medical researchers have not been able to identify the exact causes of liver cancer, but the evidence from clinical trials and medical experience built up over time reveals a strong connection between several risk factors and liver cancer.
Gender: Liver cancer is more common among men.
Age: Liver cancer is more common among patients older than 40.
Harmful habits like smoking, abusive alcohol consumption, and the use of anabolic steroids (male hormones used by athletes to increase their strength).
Exposure to chemicals such as aflatoxin (it is a carcinogen made by a fungus that can contaminate wheat, peanuts, soybeans, groundnuts, corn, and rice in tropical and subtropical regions), vinyl chloride (a chemical used in manufacturing certain plastics), thorium dioxide (also known as thorotrast is a chemical used in the past for x-ray tests), arsenic (a chemical element used as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and various alloys) and radium (a chemical element extremely radioactive).
Article by Alina Morrow, MS
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