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I want to know what is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
Hepatology 9 years experience
Could be the same: Liver cancer can arise from other organs (secondary metastasis) if there is another primary cancer (i.e. From the GI track, lung cancer, etc) however, in those with cirrhosis, the most common primary cancer of the liver is hepatocellular cancer (hcc). With chronic liver inflammation from liver disease, scarring occurs over time leading to about a 5% risk of hcc developing per year with cirrhosis.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Cancer vs. benign: Primary cancer of the liver, or cancerous tumors that spread from another site to the liver, are malignant growths. Cirrhosis is a benign condition of the liver from alcohol abuse or hepatitis virus, among other causes. Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure or even cause primary liver cancer.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Want to know what are the causes of liver cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Various: Hepatocellular carcinoma is famously caused by chronic hepatitis b, c and iron overload; if alcohol is a risk it's less. Angiosarcomas from vinyl chloride. The thorotrast nightmare is mostly over. Cholangiocarcinomas flourish where there are liver flukes, and in autoimmune bile duct disease.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
See below: Cirrhosis is the replacement of normal tissues in the liver with scar tissue. This affects the functioning of the liver. Liver cancer is when cells in the liver begin growing out of control creating a tumor or mass.

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