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Worms in fish can cause liver cancer

July 14, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Worms found in freshwater fish in Southeast Asia can lead to a rare type of liver cancer in people who eat raw fish, according to the study published Monday in the journal PLoS Medicine.

The worm is ingested through the fish and attaches to the liver.

Over several decades, the infection can create ulcers and inflammation leading to tumors and cancer of the bile ducts.

The disease is rare, making up less than 1% of all cancers worldwide in 2002.

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