Hello Dear Steemit Fellows. Hope so you are doing good this evening. A sad event happened few days back. I lost my uncle to liver cancer. He was first diagnosed with hepatitis C.
He suffered from this disease for 3 years approximately and then 2 months back he was diagnosed with LIver cancer. During the tenure of three years, he visisted many doctors and many great hospitals but no cure. So, the point basically is that timely vaccine is important. Even I dont know if I am vaccined against hepatitis or not. So in the end it happened that an outgrowth was formed on his liver ass a result of hepatitis. This little outgrowth was the CANCER.
It spread so fast that it didnt give y uncle two months to live. So, I decided to do some research on this and I came across a fact that liver cancer is mainly caused as a result of chronic hepatitis. His liver grew so bigger that it dislocated his stomach from its place resulting in the partial functionality of his stomach.
My detailed research is presented below:
Most people don't have signs and symptoms in the early stages of primary liver cancer as in the case of my uncle . When signs and symptoms do appear, they may include:
- Losing weight without trying
- Loss of appetite
- Upper abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- General weakness and fatigue
- Abdominal swelling
- Yellow discoloration of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
- White, chalky stools
t's not clear what causes most cases of liver cancer. But in some cases, the cause is known. For instance, chronic infection with certain hepatitis viruses can cause liver cancer.
Liver cancer occurs when liver cells develop changes (mutations) in their DNA — the material that provides instructions for every chemical process in your body. DNA mutations cause changes in these instructions. One result is that cells may begin to grow out of control and eventually form a tumor — a mass of cancerous cells.
1) Chronic infection with HBV or HCV:
Chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) increases your risk of liver cancer.
This progressive and irreversible condition causes scar tissue to form in your liver and increases your chances of developing liver cancer.
3) Certain inherited liver diseases:
Liver diseases that can increase the risk of liver cancer include hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease.
People with this blood sugar disorder have a greater risk of liver cancer than those who don't have diabetes.
5) Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease:
An accumulation of fat in the liver increases the risk of liver cancer.
6) Exposure to aflatoxins.
Aflatoxins are poisons produced by molds that grow on crops that are stored poorly. Crops such as corn and peanuts can become contaminated with aflatoxins, which can end up in foods made of these products. In the United States, safety regulations limit aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin contamination is more common in certain parts of Africa and Asia.