It’s a fact: Drinking too much alcohol can lead to liver cancer. There are more treatment options, if you are diagnosed early, so screening is key.

We spoke with Yuri S. Genyk, MD, professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, to learn about the causes of liver cancer and what to do, if you’re at risk.

What are the causes of liver cancer?

Most often, liver cancer is caused by liver cirrhosis, which is inflammation and scarring of the liver cells. Cirrhosis has three major causes:

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