Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer and the fastest-growing cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to national cancer statistics.

Historically, the rates of HCC are lower in rural areas than urban. However, a new study from USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Keck Medicine of USC, shows that while cases of HCC have begun slowing in urban communities, the incidence of the cancer is rising at a rate of 5.7% annually in rural areas and approaching the rates seen in urban areas.

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