Why rates are increasing and what you can do about it.
The liver serves over 500 functions, including its well-known role as a toxin filter.
39,230 Cases Per Year in 2016
Currently 11% of liver cancers are related to obesity, but those numbers may increase. Over 36% of American adults are considered obese — up from less than 15% in 1982.
Excess body fat can lead to cirrhosis and even liver failure, similar to the effects of heavy drinking. NASH is now the second most common reason for liver transplant.
Research has shown that obese patients who have type 2 diabetes are 2.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with liver cancer. Diabetes rates have more than doubled over 30 years.
People may have contracted hepatitis in the 80s and 90s without even knowing it, as there were no vaccines and awareness was low. Over 20-30 years, liver scarring from the disease may now be developing into liver cancer.
Take action to reduce your risk. People with healthy lifestyles are far less likely to be diagnosed with liver cancer.
Report symptoms right away. Most symptoms do not develop until later stages, but the survival rates are almost 3X higher if caught in an early stage. Symptoms include:
Surgical procedures are an option for some patients.
Specialized localized treatments offer possible ways to kill cancer cells directly by using needles or probes to:
Source: MayoClinic.org; Cancer.org; Cancer.gov.
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