Symptoms of Liver Cancer You Should Never Ignore and What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

Symptoms of Liver Cancer You Should Never Ignore and What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

The liver is one of the most important and largest internal organs. It performs a variety of vital body functions such as removing harmful toxins, distributing and storing essential nutrients, secreting bile as well as making proteins important for blood clotting. The body can only live 1-2 days if the liver fails, which is why it’s considered the second most important organ for survival. 

 LIVER CANCER SYMPTOMS

Unfortunately, liver cancer symptoms don’t normally appear until the cancer has developed substantially. These may vary from person to person, and can even be caused by other types of benign liver infections or diseases. However, in the case of liver cancer, these symptoms will continue to develop and worsen as the disease progresses. So, if you experience any of these, it’s important to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

These are some of the earliest warning signs of liver cancer:

  • Sudden weight loss not associated with changes in diet
  • Sharp pain within the abdomen
  • Sudden decrease in appetite or a feeling of fullness after a small meal
  • Unexplained nausea and vomiting
  • Continual weakness and/or fatigue
  • Pain occurring in the right upper abdomen or near the right shoulder blade
  • Swelling or bloating in the abdomen
  • Enlarged liver felt as a mass under the ribs on the right side
  • Enlarged spleen felt as a mass under the ribs on the left side
  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Abnormal digestion and stool with white in it
  • Persistent itching of the skin
  • Unexplained fever

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