Statistics About Liver Cancer

Statistics About Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer

Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer or of being cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, statistics can't be used to know or predict what will happen to any one person.

These are 2013 statistics from the American Cancer Society about liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer:

  • Liver cancer is not common in the United States. Approximately 30,640 new cases of primary liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer will be diagnosed this year.

  • Men are more likely than women to develop liver cancer. On average, 1 out of 81 men will get liver cancer over the course of his lifetime whereas a woman has about a 1 in 196 lifetime risk of liver cancer. 

  • About 21,670 people will die of these cancers in the United States.

  • Liver cancer is many times more common in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia than in the United States. In fact, it is the most common form of cancer in many countries and a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

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