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The Liver Cancer Chapter of the National Cancer Prevention Policy presents information about policy priorities to reduce the burden of liver cancer including evidence-based strategies to prevent primary liver cancer (cancer that originates in the liver). Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accounted for most liver cancer cases in Australia, but classifications of liver cancer include other tumours such as cholangiocarcinoma, hepatoblastoma and tumours without histological confirmation. References to liver cancer in this chapter are references to HCC.

The chapter was updated in July 2019. It has been reviewed internally by the Screening and Immunisation Committee of Cancer Council Australia and externally reviewed by Professor Benjamin Cowie, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Physician, WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, and Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne; and Associate Professor Mark Danta, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Faculty of Medicine UNSW and St Vincent's Clinical School. It has been approved by Cancer Council's principal Public Health Committee.

Contact: Amanda McAtamney


  1. Overview
  2. Policy priorities
  3. Policy context
  4. Impact
  5. Causes
  6. Prevention
  7. Screening