January is Liver Cancer & Viral Hepatitis Awareness and Prevention Month

    January 20, 2017

    The liver, found below the right lung and under the ribcage, is the largest internal organ of the human body weighing approximately 3lbs. The wide range of functions of the liver includes detoxification, synthesizing proteins, breaking down fats, and production of biochemicals that are essential for digestion. Hepatic cancer, commonly known as liver cancer is a kind of cancer that starts in the liver itself. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer. Liver metastasis or secondary liver cancers are those that originate from other parts of the body and reached the liver such as colon cancer, lung cancer, renal cancer, ovarian cancer & prostate cancer. In 2016, liver cancer is the 10th most common cancer in the United States and the 5th most common cause of cancer death among men while the 8th most common cause of cancer death among women as reported by Cancer.Net.

    People diagnosed with HCC may experience no symptoms, but when signs do occur they include the following:

    • Pain at the top right of the abdominal area, near the right shoulder blade, or in the back

    • Unexplained weight loss

    • A hard lump under the ribs on the right side of the body

    • Weakness or fatigue

    Below are the risk factors in developing HCC:

    1. Viral hepatitis– This is the largest risk factor for this type of cancer worldwide.

    2. Cirrhosis– This develops when liver cells are damaged and replaced by scar tissue, commonly caused by alcohol abuse. Other causes are viral hepatitis (types B and C), too much iron in the liver from a disease called hemochromatosis, and some other rare types of chronic liver disease.

    3. Obesity, NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), and diabetes– Obesity causes fat to be deposited in the liver, leading to a condition known as NAFLD. Strong evidence has emerged suggesting that NAFLD and diabetes are increasingly important risk factors for HCC in the United States.

    4. Age-It is also known in the USA that this liver cancer occurs mostly in people aged 60 & above.

    5. Gender-The males are more likely to develop this kind of cancer than the females.

    6. Environmental factors-There are environmental factors that may increase the risk for developing this kind of cancer such as exposure to certain chemicals or eating aflatoxin-contaminated foods. Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crops such as maize (corn), peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts.


    While a vaccine can prevent healthy people from contracting hepatitis B virus, alcohol avoidance may prevent the occurrence of cirrhosis of the liver. Because of the correlation of obesity and NAFLD, people are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle by following a balanced diet and engaging in appropriate physical activities.

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Due to inclement weather we are experiencing today (September 12,2017), our clinic will close early at 2:00pm.

Regular clinic hours will resume tommorrow until further notice.

Thank you.


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