Liver cancer : Causes
Anyone can get primary liver cancer. It's not always clear what causes it.
You might be more likely to get it if you:
- are over the age of 60, it's most common in people over 85
- are a man
- have certain medical conditions, such as hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, gallstones, diabetes, a parasite in the liver (liver flukes), and HIV
- have a brother, sister or parent who had primary liver cancer
Secondary liver cancer is caused by cancer cells from a cancer somewhere else in the body spreading to the liver.
Many liver cancers are also linked to your lifestyle.