As the month of October brings liver cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated liver cancer information throughout the year.
The liver is the largest internal organ and has many important functions to keep us alive:
- It regulates the composition of the blood.
- It removes toxins from the blood; not only alcohol and drugs, but also bilirubin, ammonia, and other toxins.
- It processes most nutrients from the intestines and coverts then into forms that can be used by the body.
- It secretes bile into the intestines to help absorb nutrients (especially fats).
- It makes most of the clotting factors to keep you from bleeding too much from a cut or injury.
- It produces cholesterol and important proteins such as albumin.
Basically, the liver does a lot for us. Unfortunately, liver cancer has more than tripled since 1980 and is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. In the US, about 39,230 new cases will be diagnosed in2016, and around 27,170 people will die of liver cancer (including intrahepatic bile duct cancer.)
Although there are many risk factors that cannot be helped such as gender, ethnicity, chronic Hep-B or Hep-C infections, and certain other rare diseases, other factors can be regulated like heavy alcohol use, obesity, cigarette smoking, and anabolic steroids.
This October educate yourself and others about liver cancer.
LEARNING MORE ABOUT LIVER CANCER
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