Hepatitis B and HIV combo may promote liver cancer

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Liver cancer in Africans tends to occur between the ages of 30 and 40. But a study has found that it occurs at a significantly younger age in those infected with HIV and hepatitis B.

People who have both hepatitis B and HIV may have a greater chance of developing liver cancer at a young age, according to our new study.

Need for early diagnosis

The study, to be published shortly, involved patients from cancer units. The results showed that the age profile of liver cancer patients was affected by HIV. Liver cancer in Africans occurs at a young age: between the ages of 30 and 40 years. But we found that it occurs at a significantly younger age in those who are infected with HIV and hepatitis B.

Liver cancer is the third most common cause of death among the seven million people who die from cancer annually across the globe.

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