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Liver Cancer: The Symptoms and Risk Factors

Some people often are late to realize that suffering liver cancer. It happens because signs and symptoms do not usually appear until it is in its later stages.

Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC) is a disease that grows in liver cells. It is also known as primary liver cancer or hepatoma. It is a dangerous disease because it can result in death. Liver cancer is the 5th cancer that common suffered by men, and the 7th cancer that often happens to women.

Liver cancer is often known as silent disease because signs and symptoms do not usually appear until it is in its later stages.

The symptoms of liver cancer:

  • Fatigue and weakness      
  • Nausea and vomiting  
  • losing appetite and fever      
  • Weight loss
  • an enlarged liver  
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Yellow discoloration of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)  
  • Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right part of abdomen that may extend into your back and shoulder.  It  can be understood because liver is a very nerve rich organ and sensitive.
  • black-colored stool    
  • the color of urine looks like tea water.

The cause of liver cancer has not known exactly. But we can reduce the risk of liver cancer by knowing the risk factors that cause the liver cancer.

The risk factors of liver cancer:

  • Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). An expert, Dr. W. Ray Kim said that grater on liver as results from hepatitis C can grow become cancer on 20-30 years later.
  • Obesity may increase the risk of developing liver cancer.
  • Cirrhosis. It is a condition marked by scarring of the liver. This scar tissue replaces healthy tissue, impeding liver function. Cirrhosis is a major risk factor for liver cancer development.
  • Gender. Men have more chance to get liver cancer than women.
  • Race. Asians and Pacific Islanders develop liver cancer more often than other races, largely due to the hepatitis epidemic among these regions.
  • Age. In North America, Europe and Australia, liver cancer most commonly affects older adults.  In Asia and Africa, it tends to occur at a younger age — between 20 and 50.
  • Long-Term Alcohol Use excessively can cause liver damage caused cirrhosis.
  • Having hereditery of Hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a condition marked by the body’s increased absorption and storage of iron. People with hemochromatosis store excess amounts of iron in the body’s tissue, commonly in liver tissue, ultimately causing liver damage that can lead to liver cancer.
  • Diabetes. People with diabetes have a greater risk of liver cancer than people who don’t have blood sugar disorder.
  • Exposure to aflatoxins. Consuming foods contaminated with aflatoxins greatly increases the risk of liver cancer. Aflatoxin is poison from a fungus that can grow on foods, such as grains and nuts that have not been stored properly. Aflatoxin contamination is more common in certain parts of Africa and Asia.
  • Sclerosing cholangitis. It is a chronic disease that causes the bile ducts to become inflamed and damaged, leading to cirrhosis and possibly even cancer. Other complications from sclerosing cholangitis include vitamin deficiencies, liver failure, and bile duct infections.
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  1. Thanks for the informative share.

  2. Thanks for this informative share.

  3. thankx for this.

  4. Good research!

  5. Very true.

  6. good article thanks

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  8. Great info

  9. Thanks for sharing this knowledge based content.

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  11. Useful information on a serious health condition.
    Good work, Dwisuka.

  12. Thanks for informing….

  13. @Safa: thanks a lot, Safa
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