Who should be screened for liver cancer?


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.