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Liver Cancer: Symptoms, Risks and Treatments

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The only thing doctors and researchers have found out so far is that people with certain risk factors might be at greater risk for developing liver cancer. Such risk factors include:

• History of Hepatitis B or C – Worldwide, these conditions are the most common causes of liver cancer.

• Abuse of alcohol – Drinking more than two drinks of alcohol a day over the course of many years can increase the risk for cancers.

• Aflatoxin – Aflatoxin is “a harmful substance made by certain types of mold ... can form on peanuts, corn, and other nuts and grains ...The United States has safety measures limiting aflatoxin in the food supply.” (National Cancer Institute)

• Iron storage disease
• Cirrhosis
• Obesity and diabetes

Symptoms and Treatment of Liver Cancer

In the early stages, a patient may not experience any symptoms. However, when the cancer spreads to more cells, the National Cancer Institute says other symptoms may appear.


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