The aim of this study is to update global trends in HCC mortality to 2014, and predict trends in rates in the EU, USA and Japan to 2020. The authors analysed the death certification data for HCC over the 1990-2014 period from the World Health Organization database. Sixteen European, five American countries, and six other countries worldwide were included, as well as the EU as a whole. The main conclusions are that in European men, mortality rates were stable during the last decade, HCC mortality increased in Northern and Central Europe, and decreased in Southern Europe. In the USA, HCC mortality increased by 35% between 2002 and 2012, and it is predicted to remain stable to 2020. Finally, reduced mortality rates were observed in East Asia, and in Japan, HCC mortality is predicted to decrease.

(Bertuccio P et al. – Journal of Hepatology, 21 March 2017)

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