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Fatty liver imposes 91% higher risk for cancer

San Francisco — Patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease carried a 91% higher risk for malignancy and the risk for cancer with obesity is “driven by NAFLD,” according to a presentation at The Liver Meeting 2018.

“The risk of malignancy was higher in NAFLD vs. controls … 91% higher than the general population when we take all cancers into account,” Alina M. Allen, MD, of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., said during her presentation. “Obesity is associated with a higher risk of cancer only in those with NAFLD and not in those without.”

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