Cancer often develops as the result of cells that have become damaged over time. Cell damage can occur due to a variety of causes. The most common form of cancer that starts in the liver is called hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC.1,2
The term liver cancer is used to represent the most common form of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
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