Does anybody know how I can learn how many people are affected by hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) worldwide today?

I need this information for a research study; I tried to search on Google but I only found a paper by Rawla and colleagues reporting 14 milion cases in 2012. I need more recent statistics. Does anyone know how I can find it?

I also searched on the World Health Organization (WHO) website but could not find this information.


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1) Global incidence for HCC, 2018: What is the global incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) worldwide? (Medscape, 2019):

Worldwide, liver cancer was the fifth most common cancer and the third most common cause of cancer deaths in 2018, with an estimated 841,080 new cases and 781,631 deaths. The incidence was highest in East Asia, at 17.7 per 100,000 population (26.8 in males and 8.7 in females), followed by Micronesia, northern Africa, Southeast Asia, and Melanesia. The incidence was lowest in south-central Asia (2.5 per 100,000) and western Asia (4.0 per 100,000). By comparison, the incidence rate was 6.6 per 100,00 in North America and 5.3 per 100,000 in western Europe. Overall, the incidence rate of liver cancer is approximately three times higher in males than in females. Mortality figures mirror the incidence figures.

2) Global incidence, prevalence and mortality for HCC, 2018: Hepatocellular carcinoma, The New England Journal of Medicine, 2019): Figure 1 shows a worldwide map of incidence, prevalence and mortality of HCC per 100,000 population in 2018.

3) 1-year global prevalence of liver cancer, 2018: Worldwide data by country from Global Cancer Observatory, 2018: a map and a table.

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