Cancer that originates in the liver is known as primary liver cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 42,220 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with primary liver cancer in 2018 and approximately 30,200 individuals will die from the disease in the same year.1 How much do you know about primary liver cancer?
Primary liver cancer begins in the liver and can metastasize to different parts of the body without treatment. It occurs mainly in individuals with a mean age of 63 years, with the highest incidence rate in men of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry in the United States.1,2 Since 1980, the incidence rate has more than tripled and since 2000, the death rate has increased by approximately 3% per year. The overall 5-year survival rate for individuals diagnosed with the disease is approximately 18%.3 Public awareness of primary liver cancer needs to remain a priority to improve survival rates and quality of life in patients diagnosed with the disease.