GLI is proud to provide up-to-date and evidence-based educational information about liver and bile duct cancers. Our information addresses topics important to anyone at risk for developing cancer in the liver and anyone who is living with the disease.
Liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Globally, more than 900,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer globally each year, with over 800,000 deaths due to liver cancer each year. The percentage of Americans who develop liver cancer has been rising for several decades. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 41,000 Americans will hear the words “You have liver cancer” for the first time in 2022. Thankfully, the five-year liver cancer survival rate has increased by 2% since 2010 and is now 20% in the U.S. Still, there is much work to be done to push this rate forward to match other cancers and to improve outlooks for patients diagnosed with liver disease.
Fortunately, when diagnosed at an early stage, cancers of the liver can be treated effectively. In fact, 44% of new liver cancer cases are diagnosed when the disease has not yet spread beyond the liver–the point with the greatest chance of being cured. It is important to talk early and often with your care team about treatment options available to you to combat and manage liver cancer.
Right now, about 70% of liver cancers could be prevented. This means that it is of utmost importance that we all work together to curb the rising burden of liver cancer together by ensuring our loved ones know how they can best prevent liver cancer and how to recognize the symptoms.