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Hepatitis B Linked to Bile Duct Cancer

A study that was recently published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that there is an association between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and an increased risk of bile duct cancer outside the liver. The extrahepatic bile duct collects bile from the liver and is joined with another duct from the gallbladder. Because of the unusual nature of this cancer, it is very difficult to treat.The population-based study, conducted in Shanghai by Dr. Ann W. Hsing of Maryland’s National Cance…

Hepatitis B, Symptoms and Treatment

Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus. It was originally known as “serum hepatitis” and has caused epidemics in parts of Asia and Africa. It is said that up to a third of the world’s population have been exposed to the virus, although 3 to 6% have become affected.Symptoms of the acute illness caused by the virus include liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice, and, rarely, death. Chronic hepatitis B may cause liver cirrhosis, which may lead to liv…