Key Statistics About Liver Cancer

How common is liver cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for primary liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 42,220 new cases (30,610 in men and 11,610 in women) will be diagnosed
  • About 30,200 people (20,540 men and 9,660 women) will die of these cancers

Liver cancer incidence has more than tripled since 1980. However, rates in young adults have recently begun to decline. Liver cancer death rates have increased by almost 3% per year since 2000. Liver cancer is seen more often in men than in women.

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 700,000 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 600,000 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 2018. American Cancer Society. Atlanta, Ga. 2018.

Last Medical Review: March 31, 2016 Last Revised: January 4, 2018

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