DC tops liver cancer rates as related deaths surge nationally

WASHINGTON — Liver cancer deaths are on the rise across the country, and especially in D.C.

There will be an estimated 29,000 liver-cancer deaths this year, according to a recent American Cancer Society study. Additionally, only 1 in 5 patients will survive after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Making matters worse, D.C. has the highest liver cancer rates in the country with 15 deaths per 100,000 men, and five such deaths per 100,000 women.

African-American men are also more likely to be diagnosed with liver cancer and…