A few people with interminable liver illness are analyzed before any side effects show up through tests to check how their liver is functioning.
Liver cancer can be caused by alcohol abuse, having a long-term hepatitis B or hepatitis C viral infection, haemochromatosis or primary cirrhosis – a long-term liver disease which damages the bile ducts in the liver.
Symptoms of liver cancer include:
Unintentional weight loss
Loss of appetite
Feeling very full after eating, even if the meal was small
Pain or swelling in the abdomen
The swelling in the stomach is called ascites, a build-up of fluid between the two layers of the peritoneum, a membrane lining the abdomen
Jaundice is the yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes. Bilirubin is a waste product which is created when red blood cells break down. If the liver is damaged and can’t process bilirubin, it can cause the skin to develop a yellow tinge.
Itchy skin is caused by waste products collecting in the skin. While doctors can prescribe tablets to stop the itching, people can only really get rid of it if the jaundice is treated and the bile ducts are unblocked. Itchy skin could also be a symptom of primary biliary chongalitis, a form of liver disease which affects more than 15,000 people in Africa.
Feeling tired and weak is a symptom of liver cancer. Experts said only a small proportion of liver cancers are diagnosed at a stage where these treatments are suitable and said most people are diagnosed when the cancer has spread too far to be removed or completely destroyed