January 4, 2017

Liver Cancer rates tripled in the past 30 years

By Alyse Brunella

Over the past 30 years, rates of liver cancer have tripled in the U.S. In 2016 alone, nearly 40,000 Americans were diagnosed with liver cancer. Why are rates increasing? Research suggests some possible reasons for an increase in liver cancer include obesity, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, diabetes and untreated hepatitis. Doctors recommend being proactive to reduce your risk, such as consuming less alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s also important to know the symptoms of liver cancer, so you can talk with your doctor immediately as the survival rate is almost three times higher if caught in an early stage. Be proactive, know the signs and spread the word to others.

Tags: Cancer, Uncategorized

What is the survival rate for primary liver cancer? Even with early diagnosis, isn’t it still extremely low. I’ve had two family members die of liver cancer, my grandfather in the 60s and my 52 year old brother died from it in 1998. There wasn’t treatments available for my grandfather at the time he got liver cancer, and my brother had a few treatments that had been hoped would prolong his life, but they made no difference and it was discontinued. I’m probably rather negative on subject of liver cancer, but wonder if side-effects of treatments are worth making what little time liver cancer patients have left to live worth the sacrifice of quality of life.

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