Each year, more than 42,000 people will be diagnosed with liver cancer and nearly 31,800 people will die of the disease.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and cirrhosis are all linked to liver cancer. You can greatly reduce your risk for liver cancer by preventing or diagnosing and treating these diseases early.
Many liver cancer cases are related to the hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus. More than 4 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C in the United States. Most people don’t know they have the virus.
Other behaviors and conditions that increase risk for getting liver cancer are—
In its early stages, liver cancer may not have symptoms that can be seen or felt. However, as the cancer grows larger, people may notice one or more of these common symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms could also be caused by other health conditions. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Liver cancer symptoms may include—
You can lower your risk of getting liver cancer in the following ways—