Yes. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes the majority of cases of primary liver cancer in the world. Primary liver cancer refers to cancer that starts in the liver, rather than a metastatic cancer that starts elsewhere in the body and spreads to the liver.

People with hep B are at risk for liver cancer even if they do not have cirrhosis. Experts recommend regular liver cancer screening for all people who have chronic HBV infection.

Liver cancer screening typically involves regular blood tests and ultrasound exams. Early detection and treatment of liver cancer can prevent further damage, which will increase the probability of long-term survival. Click here to learn more about liver cancer and hep B.