Liver Cancer concerns rise in Mexican-American men: Study

Liver Cancer concerns rise in Mexican-American men: Study | Credits: Focus Medica
Liver Cancer concerns rise in Mexican-American men: Study | Credits: Focus Medica

United States: Liver cancer has been emerging as a major concern among Mexican-Americans, especially in men with every generation. The findings have been reported by new research.

The study was conducted by V Wendy Setiawan, a professor at the University of Southern California, and was published on November 20 in the journal Cancer. He was quoted saying, “Liver cancer is becoming a growing concern among Latinos, underscoring the importance of comprehending the factors driving this trend.”

According to an estimate by the American Cancer Society, reported by HealthDay News, in the year 2023, as many as 41,000 Americans will be diagnosed with liver disease, causing the death of 29,000 individuals.

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The research claimed that the death risk is popular among men, as compared to women. There might be various risk factors behind the same, including chronic hepatitis infection, heavy drinking, smoking, obesity, cirrhosis and type 2 diabetes.

What did the study unfold?

To conduct the study, the samples of as many as 31,000 Mexican-Americans were tested by Setiawan and his colleagues, over the course of about two decades. At that time, around 213 cases of liver cancer were detected.

The researchers have underscored that the second-generation Mexican-Americans (born in Mexico) around 37 percent had higher chances of liver cancer. Similarly, among the third-generation, the chances were increased up to 66 percent. Research underscored that the comparison was made on the basis of first generation.

The study further highlighted that the increase was observed among the male population. As per the news release published in the journal, “A possible contributor may relate to the adoption of different lifestyle behaviors, cultural norms and values in the United States.”

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The news release further highlighted that habits like heavy drinking, smoking and obesity rates can be responsible for increasing rates of liver cancer among the male population of Mexican-Americans. “These factors alone do not entirely account for the increased risk of liver cancer as generations progress,” the release read, as per HealthDay News.

Accordingly, Setiawan stated, “Although we currently lack a precise understanding of why second- and third-generation Mexican Americans are at a heightened risk of liver cancer, we have highlighted the importance of prioritizing research on these populations.”

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