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Impact of chewing betel-nut (Areca catechu) on liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma: a population-based study from an area with a high prevalence of hepatitis B and C infections.

Authors
  • Wu, Grace Hui-Min1
  • Boucher, Barbara J
  • Chiu, Yueh-Hsia
  • Liao, Chao-Sheng
  • Chen, Tony Hsiu-Hsi
  • 1 Division of Biostatistics, Graduate Institute of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Room 521, No. 17 Hsuchow Road, Taipei, Taiwan.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Public health nutrition
Publication Date
January 2009
Volume
12
Issue
1
Pages
129–135
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1368980008002073
PMID: 18410705
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Increased risks of cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer were found in betel chewers free of hepatitis B/C infection, and these risks were synergistically additive to those of hepatitis B/C infections. Estimated risk reduction from effective anti-betel chewing programmes would be sizeable.

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