Primary liver cancer is a cancerous tumour that starts in the liver. Secondary liver cancer is cancer that has started in another part of the body and spread to the liver. It’s more common than primary liver cancer in Australia.
Here, more than 2800 people are diagnosed with primary liver cancer each year and about three times more men than women are affected. The rate of primary liver cancer has almost doubled since 2002.
Causes include hepatitis B and C infections, obesity (and metabolic-associated fatty liver disease or MAFLD), type 2 diabetes, drinking alcohol, and our ageing population, where more than 70% of cases occur in people aged 60 and over.
This video from the Mayo Clinic gives a comprehensive overview of liver cancer – the facts, diagnosis and treatment options.
For more information and resources see our Liver Cancer page
Or call the LiverLine on 1800 703 003.