It may be too late to change some of your risky personal behaviors, so try to change the ones you can. Talk with your doctor about whether some of your risks can be checked and treated early before they develop into something more serious. Click here for more information.
- Infection with chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C
- Heavy alcohol use
- Having cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver
- Having hemochromatosis, an iron storage disease
- Unprotected sex
- Sharing unsterilized needles
- Being obese
- Having diabetes
- Taking immunosuppressive medications, drugs typically taken by people who have had an organ transplant to avoid organ rejection.
The average age at the onset of liver cancer is 63 years in the U. S. Men are more likely to develop liver cancer than women, by a ratio of 2 to 1.