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Hepatitis viruses and cancer

Having certain types of hepatitis increases your risk of developing some cancers.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) cause a long-lasting infection that increases the risk of developing liver cancer. And the risk of developing liver cancer is even greater if you have been infected with both hepatitis B and C viruses.

Infection with one or both hepatitis viruses also increases the risk of bile duct cancer and some types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

HBV and HCV infection can also cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). Cirrhosis of the liver also increases the risk of developing liver cancer.


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