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Does HCV increase the likelihood of cancer?
12 doctors weighed in

Ben Ferguson
Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
The hepatitis b and c viruses specifically are thought to cause hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer).
Hepatitis a does not cause cancer, however.

In brief: Yes.
The hepatitis b and c viruses specifically are thought to cause hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer).
Hepatitis a does not cause cancer, however.
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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Dr. Mark Mattar
Hepatitis B causes cancer directly while hep C increases the risk of cancer after you've had it long enough to cause liver damage called cirrhosis. If you have hep B or any cirrhosis, you need regular imaging for surveillance (CT, ultrasound or MRI every 6-12 months).
Dr. Jason Hemming
HCV by itself does not cause HCC, but if cirrhosis develops as a result of chronic HCV then risk for HCC increases.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree
In brief: If cirrhotic
Chronic hepatitis c may result in hcc (liver cancer) as result of the development of cirrhosis.
Hcv without cirrhosis is not thought to be a risk factor for hcc. In chronic hepatitis b, however, the integration of the viral genome into infected cells can directly induce a non-cirrhotic liver to develop hcc.

In brief: If cirrhotic
Chronic hepatitis c may result in hcc (liver cancer) as result of the development of cirrhosis.
Hcv without cirrhosis is not thought to be a risk factor for hcc. In chronic hepatitis b, however, the integration of the viral genome into infected cells can directly induce a non-cirrhotic liver to develop hcc.
Dr. Jason Hemming
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