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What is primary liver cancer?

Primary liver cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in the liver. The main type of primary liver cancer that can affect adults is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

A less common type of liver cancer can start in the bile ducts that connect the liver to the bowel and gall bladder. This is known as cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer.

In Australia, about 1900 people are diagnosed with primary liver cancer each year, with almost three times as many men as women affected.

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