Signs and symptoms of liver cancer vary from person to person, but the American Cancer Society has a list of 10 possible symptoms.
Before listing the symptoms, it’s important to note that just because one or more signs appear, it doesn’t mean you have liver cancer. And two of these symptoms relate to pain under your ribs. The first relates to the liver and the second to the spleen.
An enlarged liver and a feeling of fullness on your right side and an enlarged spleen and a feeling of fullness on your left side are signs of liver cancer.
Other symptoms of liver cancer are:
• Losing weight involuntarily.
• Feeling very full after eating a small meal.
• Nausea or vomiting.
• Abdominal pain or pain near your right shoulder.
• Swelling or fluid buildup in the abdomen.
• Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
The American Cancer Society adds that other symptoms include “fever, enlarged veins on the abdomen that can be seen through the skin, and abnormal bruising or bleeding.”
As with other types of cancer, there are risk factors that can determine your likelihood of developing liver cancer.
The NHS says you’re more likely to get primary liver cancer if you’re over 60, although it’s more common in people over 85.
And if you have medical conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, gallstones, diabetes, a liver parasite and HIV, your risk will increase.
Your risk increases if one of your siblings or parents has primary liver cancer. It is also possible to develop secondary liver cancer. This is caused by the spread of cells from another cancer from one part of your body to the liver.
There are other ways to reduce your chances of developing primary liver cancer. This includes losing weight if you are overweight and wearing protective clothing and masks if you work in a role where you are exposed to dangerous chemicals.
Furthermore, quitting alcohol or quitting smoking will also reduce your risk.
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