Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Ilene Raymond Rush recently spoke with Dr. Dina Halegoua-DeMarzio, Director of the Fatty Liver Center at Jefferson, about a research study which found a link between obesity and liver cancer.
“This study adds to the growing pool of evidence that obesity, specifically visceral obesity, and Type 2 diabetes are independent risk factors for the development of liver cancer. This is important because we do not currently screen patients with these risk factors for liver cancer,” said Dr. Halegoua-DeMarzio.
According to the American Cancer Society, liver cancer incidence has more than tripled since 1980, and is a leading cause of cancer deaths around the world.
While noting the study’s important findings, Dr. Halegoua-DeMarzio also stressed that more research is needed. “Further study is needed on whether people with diabetes and obesity should be screened for NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) and liver cancer periodically,” she said.