- Liver cancer symptoms include weight loss and feeling sick
- Cancer kills over 5,000 a year
- Itchy skin and feeling full quickly after eating also linked to condition
- Liver cancer cases increased 142 per cent since ’90s
Liver cancer is a serious form of the disease that kills over 5,000 people a year.
According to Cancer Research UK, rates have risen by 142 per cent since the 1990s.
Primary liver cancer – that begins in the liver – is less common then secondary liver cancer, which begins elsewhere in the body and spreads to the liver.
According to the NHS, the exact cause is unknown, however most cases are linked to damage and scarring of the liver known as cirrhosis.
There are a number of risk factors associated with cirrhosis.
These include drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over a number years and having a long-term hepatitis B or hepatitis C viral infection.
Additionally, haemochromatosis – an inherited disorder in which iron levels in the body slowly build up – and primary bile cirrhosis, a long-term liver disease, could also be triggers.
The NHS recommend reducing your chances of developing the deadly condition by cutting down on alcohol, eating healthily, exercising regularly and reducing risk of hepatitis B and C infections.
But what are the signs?
Symptoms don’t normally appear until the cancer is at an advanced stage, however when they do they can include the following.
– Unintentional weight loss
– Loss of appetite
– Feeling full after eating, even if the portion was small
– Feeling sick and vomiting
– Pain or swelling in your tummy
– Jaundice, which is the yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
– Itchy skin
– Feeling very tired and weak
According to the American Cancer Society, other symptoms include fever, enlarged veins on the belly that can be seen through the skin, and abnormal bruising or bleeding.
The NHS advise visiting your GP if you develop any of the above symptoms.
While they’re likely to be another more common condition, it is getting them checked.