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A 47-year-old member asked:

When before i have cirrhosis/ liver cancer from hepatitis c?

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Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 29 years experience
Depends: The amount of liver scarring someone has depends on a number of factors like how old they were when infected, how many years they have has hcv, and how much alcohol they drank. About 20% of men who have been infected for 20 years have cirrhosis and this increases to about 40-50% by 40 years. There are blood tests that can give an indication of whether you are likely to have cirrhosis now.
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Dr. Matthew Lublin
Surgery 27 years experience
Unknown : Cirrhosis and cancer may never develop after hepatitis c - you need to see a GI doc and be monitored for progression of liver disease - there are treatments that can help in prevention as well.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does hepatitis C lead to liver cancer?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 30 years experience
Cirrhosis: Chronic inflammation can lead to cancer. In the case of hepatitis c, patients first develop cirrhosis which is scarring of the liver from chronic inflammation prior to liver cancer. This chronic scarring combined with chronic inflammation can lead to liver cancer up to 25 percent of the time.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How much time before I have cirrhosis/ liver cancer from hepatitis c?

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
HOPEFULLY NEVER: Roughly 20 yrs for Hep C to lead to cirrhosis. And cirrhosis is just a risk factor for liver cancer, not everyone with cirrhosis develops liver cancer. Most importantly is the fact that there are treatments to help eradicate Hep C and prevent cirrhosis and cancer. Recommendation is to see a Hepatologist - liver specialist.
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