What Are the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Liver Cancer?

Q:
What are the symptoms and risk factors of liver cancer?

A:
Symptoms
Most people don’t have signs and symptoms in the early stages of primary liver cancer. 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

Risk factors
Factors that increase the risk of primary liver cancer include:

  • Chronic infection with HBV or HCV
  • Cirrhosis
  • Certain inherited liver diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Exposure to aflatoxins
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

 

 

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