What is liver cancer ?
Development of cancer in the liver, which is the largest organ in the human body is called liver cancer. It is also known as hepatocellular carcinoma.
Cancer develops in which part of the liver ?
Liver has two parts – right & left. Cancer can develop in any part of the liver.
Why does liver cancer occur ?
Liver cancer occurs in patients who have certain risk factors.
- Liver cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is scarring of liver. Scarring occurs secondary to damage to the liver. The following factors can damage the liver.
- Long -term Alcohol consumption
- Untreated Hepatitis B & C virus
- Long standing uncontrolled diabetes
- Very rare metabolic causes
2. Hepatitis B virus infection – Long term infection with hepatitis B virus which remains untreated can also cause development of cirrhosis.
3. Smoking: Smoking if combined with previously mentioned risk factors accelerates the process of cancer development.
4. Family history: Very rarely, having a family member who had been treated for liver cancer can also increase the risk of cancer within the liver.
5. Getting older: Sometimes, no reasons can be pointed out. It can result from age related damage to liver cells. Liver cancer is more commonly found in patients who are 70 years & older.
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Dr Harsh Shah
Liver, Pancreas & Cancer specialist in Ahmedabad, India