Liver cancer: risk factor cirrhosis
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In liver cancer (hepatic carcinoma) to malignant tissue forms in the liver. Often liver cancer leads only after a long time to complaints; then occur symptoms such as jaundice, loss of appetite, fatigue and pain in the upper abdomen and the general condition of the person concerned deteriorates. If it is possible to detect a liver cancer early, this greatly improves the chances of recovery.
In the Western industrialized countries liver cancer occurs rarely, but the incidence is increasing. Men are more frequently affected than women. The most common type of primary liver cancer is hepatocellular cancer, and hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) called.
Since HCC is one of Southeast Asia and Africa among the most common cancers, hepatocellular cancer has seen the world's fifth place in the statistics of cancer. to liver cancer develops from cells of the liver itself, it is primary liver cancer called. Is in the liver tumor arose because other cancers have spread in this organ is liver metastases. most of them come from tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Doctors refer in liver metastases from Secondary liver cancer. Certain diseases are associated with an increased risk of liver cancer.
Above all, a cirrhosis favors that primary liver cancer arises. Most chronic hepatitis caused (particularly type B and C) or alcohol abuse this scar contraction of the liver. Therefore, it is important that people be examined regularly with cirrhosis of the liver, so the doctor can identify a potential liver cancer early and treat.
Liver cancer is treated, depending on the present circumstances, usually by surgery (partial hepatectomy or liver transplantation) or by using various non-operative, local methods. The choice of treatment method depends on the test results, the state of health of the person concerned and his personal therapy needs. The prognosis of liver cancer depends mainly on the size, location and the number of malignant tumors - also the liver disease and underlying the physical condition of the person concerned play a role.