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7. Is the presence of hepatitis B DNA associated with increased risk of liver cancer?

And the same investigators looked at the other marker of an active virus, which is the hepatitis B virus DNA level. People were four times more likely to have liver cancer if the DNA was detectable at a high level. In this particular study, it was used at 10 to the fifth by a particular assay. So this therefore suggests, and this is only a suggestion, that maybe we can prevent the long-term risk of liver cancer if we can have a sustained suppression of the HBV DNA. Now, that’s not been proven, this is only a supposition because of these kinds of data. More and more, as we talk about treatment and we look at what’s the endpoint- we want to have a sustained suppression of the HBV DNA.