Sex Hormone Explains Men's Higher Liver Cancer Risk

May 19, 2010

HONG KONG (Reuters) May 19 - Male sex hormones may explain why men with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection are more likely to develop liver cancer than women, researchers in Taiwan have found.

In a paper published online in Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday, the researchers said hepatitis B viruses attach themselves to androgen receptors before going on to damage liver tissue and cause cancer.