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  • Posted: 12/09/2013

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NCI Cancer Center News

Diabetes identified as risk factor for liver cancer across ethnic groups

Diabetes was associated with an increased risk for developing a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma, and this association was highest for Latinos, followed by Hawaiians, African-Americans, and Japanese-Americans, according to results presented by researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (home of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center) at the Sixth AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, held Dec. 6-9.

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