Liver Cancer: Are you at Risk?

Primary liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer or hepatoma) has a poor prognosis if it is not picked up early. There may be no symptoms in the early stage of disease and often there is no symptom until the disease is in an advanced stage. If detected early, liver cancer can be successfully treated. This is why liver cancer screening is so important for those people at risk.

Liver cancer typically occurs when the liver is diseased. An example of liver disease is liver cirrhosis, which can be caused by many different conditions. Alcohol abuse and hepatitis are common causes of cirrhosis, but non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (fatty liver) can also lead to liver disease and liver cirrhosis. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends screening for those at risk. Examples of those at risk include:

  • Liver cirrhosis
  •   Hepatitis C, B
  •   Alcoholic cirrhosis
  •   Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (Fatty liver)
  •   Genetic hemochromatosis
  •   Primary biliary cirrhosis (stage 4)
  •   Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  •   Other causes of cirrhosis
  • Without cirrhosis
  •   Chronic hepatitis B carriers

Living a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, exercise and minimal alcohol intake is the best way to reduce your risk for liver cancer.

If you think you should be screened for liver cancer or want more information to reduce your risk, ask your doctor. At the Center for Hepatobiliary Surgery at HackensackUMC, you can contact us for more information.

To learn more, or to make an appointment please call (551) 996-4486.


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