Although liver cancer is not a death sentence, receiving an early diagnosis is a matter of life and death. Why so? The death rate of liver cancer raised to 80 percent due to late diagnosis. It’s like a ticking bomb.
According to Public Health England, in 19 years the cases of liver cancer tripled, and a quarter of them are tied to ‘obesity epidemic’ and a fifth to smoking.
A UK research showed that ten years ago there were only 3,200 deaths, but the death rate reached the gloomy number of 5,700 fatalities in 2017.
The foundation that addressed liver cancer stresses that many deaths could avoided if there were an early diagnosis established. Professor Helen Reeves at Newcastle University added:
Unfortunately, progress in treating liver cancer has been painfully slow and we desperately need more options for patients.
The professor also claims that obesity and some conditions, such as diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, have a culprit for the alarming incidence of liver cancer.
Health authorities are now endeavouring to raise awareness regarding liver conditions and hepatocellular carcinoma.
It may be difficult to spot the onset of the disease. The first symptoms may pass as subtle or only appear after it has progressed. Anyway, there are some general signs that might make you suspicious and some that request an urgent medical visit.
- Low energy levels and loss of strength
- Appetite loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sudden loss of weight
- Sensitivity in the liver area, such as pain or discomfort
- Scratchy skin
- Spider naevi, consisting of tiny vessels at the skin surface looking like spider legs.
- Grey pale poop and dark urine
- Loss of libido
- Yellowing of the eyes and skin – sometimes the single indicator of a liver condition
- Abdomen enlargement pushed by an accumulation of fluids or the cancer growth
- High fever
- Dark tarry poop
- Vomiting blood (hematemesis)
It is recommended to drink in moderation, quit smoking if the case, and maintain a proper weight to minimise the risks, states Michelle Mitchell, chief executive at Cancer Research UK.