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Why Is Liver Cancer on the Rise Among Hispanics in Texas?

Hepatocellular carcinoma, the primary cancer of the liver, is on the verge of becoming an epidemic among hispanics in Texas, where the number of cases has risen 90 percent since 1993. Hispanic females are three times as likely to get it as whites and males are twice as likely. Dr. Howard Monsour, chief of Hepatology […]

Hepatocellular carcinoma, the primary cancer of the liver, is on the verge of becoming an epidemic among hispanics in Texas, where the number of cases has risen 90 percent since 1993. Hispanic females are three times as likely to get it as whites and males are twice as likely.

Dr. Howard Monsour, chief of Hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital, believes the rise can be attributed to the maturation of the Hepatitis C epidemic where more than 30 percent of patients presenting to the physician for the first time with the disease already have cirrhosis.

Monsour is partnering with doctors at MD Anderson and the Texas Medical Association to set up at task force to tackle this problem and joins us to discuss his work.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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