People with alcohol-related liver cancer often do not live as long as those whose liver cancer is not associated with alcohol consumption, according to a study published in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society.
Over a five-year period, researchers at the Hôpital Henri-Mondor in France followed 894 patients with newly diagnosed liver cancer; 582 (65 percent) had a history of chronic alcohol abuse and 312 (35 percent) did not. Alcohol-related liver cancers in this group were more likely to be diffuse at diagnosis, to be detected in patients with worse liver function, and to result in a lower survival rate overall – 5.7 months compared to 9.7 months, on average.
Worldwide, liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Leading risk factors include hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections, alcohol abuse, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.