Key Statistics About Liver Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for primary liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer in the United States for 2021 are:

  • About 42,230 new cases (29,890 in men and 12,340 in women) will be diagnosed
  • About 30,230 people (20,300 men and 9,930 women) will die of these cancers

Liver cancer incidence rates have more than tripled since 1980, while the death rates have more than doubled during this time.

Where is liver cancer more common?

Liver cancer is much more common in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia than in the US. In many of these countries it is the most common type of cancer. More than 800,000 people are diagnosed with this cancer each year throughout the world. Liver cancer is also a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 700,000 deaths each year.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

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American Cancer Society. Facts & Figures 2021. American Cancer Society. Atlanta, Ga. 2021.

American Cancer Society. Global Cancer Facts & Figures 4th edition. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2018.

References

American Cancer Society. Facts & Figures 2021. American Cancer Society. Atlanta, Ga. 2021.

American Cancer Society. Global Cancer Facts & Figures 4th edition. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2018.

Last Revised: January 12, 2021

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