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Does aspergillus flavus increase the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma?
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Pathology 49 years experience
Afla toxin: Aspergilus infection of grains leads to development of a toxin, afla toxin, in the grains. Afla toxin is a known liver cancer causing agent.
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Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
It produces a toxin: Aspergillus flavian produces aflatoxin, which is well-known to contribute to the development of liver cancer. The toxin is produced when grains or nuts contaminated with the fungus are stored improperly in moist conditions for a long time. Aflatoxin works together with hepatitis b in china and africa to raise the rate of liver cancer. It is not generally considered an important issue in the us.
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Last updated Feb 6, 2014
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