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Is hepatitis a infection associated with liver cancer?

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Dr. Mark Laflamme
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No: Hepatitis a causes acute inflammation of the liver, with the disease processes lasting for a few weeks. Chronic inflammation of the liver increases the likelihood of cancer. Less than 3% of infected individuals may experience liver failure. However, once infected with hep a, the patient is immune for life, someone infected with hep a is more likely to experience liver failure than liver cancer.
Dr. Shuyuan Xiao
Gastroenterology 34 years experience
Unlikely: In general, hepatitis a causes acute liver inflammation, living no chronic disease or cancer.

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