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Why study HCV? Here is just one of the reasons.

This page has a series of images from the CRUK website. Given that a large fraction of the increase seen in liver cancer (lower image) is due to HCV, and that this trend is likely to continue for the forseeable future, the case for studying this virus is simple and compelling.

27% of UK deaths in 2008 were due to cancers of various types

Change in incidence rates 1999 - 2009 : MalesChange in incidence rates 1999 - 2009 : Males
Change in incidence rates 1999 - 2009 :FemalesChange in incidence rates 1999 - 2009 : Females
projections to 2030

Projected changes in cancer incidences to the year 2030. Much the projected increase in Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) will be due to HCV. If current trends continue liver cancer will be the 6th or 7th most frequent type of cancer by 2030.

Disclaimer: some of our work has been funded by CRUK.