Mon, Aug 14, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Liver cancer deaths rise


The mortality rate of Hepatitis C-related liver cancer has been rising, particularly in the southern counties of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, according to a study report prepared by eight medical centers around the country. The study analyzed more than 18,000 liver cancer cases recorded between 1981 and 2001, which found an upward trend in liver cancer mortality. As deaths from Hepatitis B-related liver cancer didn't increase during the period, the report said the surge could largely be attributed to rising mortality from Hepatitis C-related liver cancer. The report also found that the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan area was hardest hit by Hepatitis C as the region's liver cancer mortality was higher than the national average.

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