This kind of cancer is going on the rise and you should make sure that you have regular screenings in case you are at risk, as well as paying a visit to the doctor if you show any liver cancer symptom.
First, know that liver cancer rates are increasing
This cancer is quite rare, but it happened since the 1990s that the relative risk has doubled rising from 3,5 to 6,5 percent per 100.000, and the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, Otis Brawley has noted. It´s symptoms do not usually show until the cancer is at some advanced stages, so it is important to make regular screenings and that may be the key to survival rates. If we see someone with regular screenings and it looks like cancer, we will be able to cure them, opposite to the case when they have an advance disease that has spread beyond the liver, said Doctor Ghassan Aboualfa, a medical oncologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. We do not want to see patients with symptoms. Find out about the four risk factors and the four symptoms that may give clue the signs of liver damage, and also avoid these ways because you are secretly hurting the liver.
You’ve had hepatitis C
There exist some characteristics that can put you at risk for liver cancer. Some people who have history of the virus hepatitis C can develop related liver cancer ten years after their diagnosis was made. CDS recommended that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for this virus. Most oft he American people in this age group have never been screened, explained Doctor Brawley. There actually is some treatment that may cure hepatitis C and therefore prevent liver cancer. You can be having this liver disease and not know it.
You’ve had hepatitis B (or haven’t been vaccinated)
Although this one is not related to hepatitis C, it can also cause cancer. All of the children in America get vaccinated when they are born, but there are people who have not gotten this vaccination may be at risk for liver cancer, Dr. Aboualfa noted. Every person who used to have hepatitis should have some form of monitoring by a medical expert, and he also recommends getting an ultrasound at least once a year in order to screen for cancer in case you had either virus. Having a test done for protein alfa fetoprotein in the blood may also be a sign to liver cancer, even though it has been proven to be an accurate test. Maybe it is that you are not realizing it, but third hand smoke can actually damage your liver.
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