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The Diagnostic Challenges, Possible Etiologies and Lack of Researches of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Somalia

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Globally, hepatocellular carcinoma is the second amongst all causes of cancer deaths and it is one of the common malignancies in both developing and developed countries. The causes are variety all of the world ranging from geography, life style and advanced medical care that is available in those countries either developing such as Somalia or developed countries. Somali contributes to global burden of hepatitis B which is a known risk factor for HCC and has categorized to the world a part of high prevalence of hepatitis B which is greater than 10%, while there is no more available data of hepatitis C in Somalia that contributes the world. Diagnoses of hepatocellular carcinoma are now forward in many countries of developed world, but reality are different from developing countries such as Somalia which is now out for civil war and has a lack of medical experts in all fields of medicine such as physician, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and the experts of the laboratory field, even if we have these medical personal who are few or they are elder than above 60 years old plus medical equipment (such as imaging and laboratory equipment). All these challenges, the author of this manuscript has faith in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma that can be rationally made to consider the clinical presentation of this disorder and to maximize use of offered diagnostic tools and to refer the few medical experts in the country.

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Hassan-Kadle, M. (2017) The Diagnostic Challenges, Possible Etiologies and Lack of Researches of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Somalia. Open Journal of Gastroenterology, 7, 115-123. doi: 10.4236/ojgas.2017.73013.

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