Did you know that liver cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and the 10th most common in the United States. The most common cause(s) of this cancer can be alcohol abuse, tobacco smoking, cirrhosis of the liver, obesity, diabetes and chronic viral hepatitis, as well as other infections of the liver that can cause liver cancer. Of course, all cancers are horrible but liver cancer is perhaps comparable to pancreatic cancer, the survival rate is grim, early detection is key. The most common symptoms of liver cancer are weight loss, jaundice, loss of appetite, fatigue, abdomen pain and swelling. To find out more about liver cancer go to http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/liver
The term “liver” cancer is a bit confusing, it can be metastatic or hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatocellular carcinoma originates in the liver and can spread to other organs including the bones. Metastatic or secondary liver cancer originates in other organs and spreads to the liver.
“The liver is responsible for absorbing nutrients, ridding the body of toxins and digesting food”. Be mindful of what foods are favorable for good liver function; go to http://www.ehow.com/way_5344378_food-thats-good-liver-function.html.
It is truly tough to hear this diagnosis for yourself or a love one. What can you do early to help prevent or safeguard against such disease? Limit your alcohol intake, get vaccinated against Hepatitis B and perhaps lifestyle changes to help guard against obesity and diabetes. However, No one has that crystal ball that will tell you that you will be diagnosed with this horrible disease or how to avoid such a diagnosis.