Liver cancer is potentially curable if diagnosed early. Anyone at high risk for this cancer should be screened by ultrasound every six months.
Persons at high risk include:
- Anyone with cirrhosis from any cause; hepatitis C, hepatitis B, alcohol and fatty liver disease are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the United States.
- Persons of Asian descent with chronic hepatitis B (men aged 40 and over, women aged 50 and over).
- Persons of African descent, aged 20 and over, with chronic hepatitis B.
- Persons of any age with chronic hepatitis B and a family history of liver cancer.
Contact your primary care provider to discuss screening with ultrasound. Your provider will may refer you to Providence Liver Cancer Clinic if the ultrasound shows a mass in the liver. Your primary care provider may refer you to a specialist in gastroenterology if you are found to have hepatitis or cirrhosis.