What Is Hepatocellular Carcinoma?

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Hepatocellular carcinoma is considered to be the most common liver cancer. This type of cancer occurs more frequently in men than in women. It can be usually seen in people above 50 years old. However, the age varies in different parts of the world. This disease is more common in some parts of Africa and Asia. It is rarely seen in North or South America and Europe. Hepatocellular Carcinoma is not the same as metastatic liver cancer that occurs in another organ and than spreads on the liver. In most cases, the causes of this type of cancer are the scars on the liver (cirrhosis).

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They can be caused by:

  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Autoimmune liver diseases
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Too much iron in the body

Symptoms of the liver cancer:

  • Yellow color of the skin and the eyes
  • Stomach pain
  • Small bruises or bleeding

It is advisable, whenever you feel some of these symptoms to call your doctor in order to ensure that everything is alright.

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Treatment

With surgery or transplantation, some early diagnosed tumors can be successfully treated. Yet, only on a small number of patients the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. Targeted chemotherapy directly at the liver with catheter can help. But unfortunately, it will not cure the disease. Treatment with radiation in the area affected by the cancer, can also help.

You should not be scared or lose faith. Exactly the opposite. You need to be well informed about this disease so you can know its symptoms. In order not to have any health problems you must improve your lifestyle. For beginning, change your mindset and start to look positively on the things around you. Then, change your diet and star to eat healthier and natural food. Add some yoga classes in your daily routine and you will feel great.

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