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Liver Cancer

The liver is an organ that continuously filters blood that circulates in the body; it converts drugs and nutrients into chemicals the body can use. It removes toxins from the body and takes chemical waste and makes it ready for excretion through the urine. Because it must transfer blood from all parts of the body, cancer cells travel through the liver and stick there, leading to metastatic cancer to liver.

The liver can get primary liver cancer as well. Most liver cancer is secondary, arising from other body parts; primary liver cancer represents 2 percent of all US cancers. It represents half of all liver cancers in developing countries. This is primarily due to the prevalence of hepatitis, which is due to contagious viruses that increase the risk of liver cancer. Men in the US have twice the risk of liver cancer as women. The average age of liver cancer is 67 years of age.

Several different types of cells exist in the liver, each of which has the capacity to form cancer. Some are benign and some are cancerous and are able to metastasise to other body areas. Each is treated differently. The outlook for the different cancers is different depending on the type.

The most common benign tumors of the liver are the following:

  • Haemangioma
  • Hepatic adenoma
  • Focal nodular hyperplasia
  • Cysts
  • Lipoma
  • Fibroma
  • Leiomyoma

None of the above tumors are treated like liver cancer. They may need to be remove surgically if they cause bleeding or pain.

True liver cancers include the following:

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Cholangiocarcinoma, which is really a cancer of the bile ducts

What causes liver cancer? Hepatocellular carcinoma is considered “primary liver cancer” and tends to be from liver damage from birth defects, abuse of alcohol, chronic infection due to hepatitis B or hepatitis C, haemochromatosis (which is a hereditary disease associated with too much iron in the liver), and cirrhosis of the liver. What’s true is that half of all people with primary liver cancer have cirrhosis of the liver, which is scar tissue that develops in the liver from the fatty liver found in alcohol abuse. Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B along with haemochromatosis can cause permanent damage to the liver and eventual liver failure. Liver cancer can be associated with the type of fatty liver disease that is associated with obesity.

There are several types of cancer-causing substances associated with primary liver cancer. These include specific herbicides, vinyl chloride, arsenic and smoking, especially if alcohol abuse goes along with it. Aflatoxins, which are made from plant mold and which are cancer-causing have been implicated in cancer of the liver. Aflatoxins can be found as a contaminant in wheat, rice, corn, peanuts, and soybeans. These are problems mostly seen in developing problems and is a rare problem in developed problem in the US. Androgen and oestrogens and a dye that used to be called thorotrast, used in medical tests are linked to liver cancer.

Individual risk factors for liver cancer include the following:

  • Gender. Men are more likely to get primary liver cancer than women.
  • Your weight. If you are overweight, you have an increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Your race. People who are Asian American and Pacific Islanders are at increased risk.
  • Those who use anabolic steroid. With long term use, there is an increased risk for getting hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • History of diabetes. Diabetics have a risk for primary hepatic cancer. The risk is believed to be secondary to having fatty liver disease and obesity.
  • Inherited metabolic diseases. These are diseases that disrupt normal metabolism and have been shown to increase the risk of liver cancer.
  • Rare diseases. There are a number of diseases that have been linked to liver cancer, including alpha-1-antitripsyn disease, Wilson’ disease and tyrosinemia.

When a doctor suspects liver cancer because of a liver mass and/or jaundice, he or she should perform an ultrasound or CT scan of the abdomen to check for liver cancer. Failure to do this is medical negligence.

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