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Liver Cancer Causes and Risk Factors


Liver filters the blood circulating through the body and it is likely to come in contact or get affected by the cancerous cells running through the bloodstream. These cells can harbor in the liver and start to grow. The cancer that begins in any other part of the body often spread to the liver. The liver has the ability to regenerate which in the case of cancer results in the development of cancer cells.

Causes of Liver Cancer

The cancers develop because of damaged DNA of any cell. These cells become cancerous and initiate cancer in the body. The liver cancer causes are not clear yet, however, there is some known risk factor of the cancer.

Liver Cancer Risk Factors

Risk factors affect the chances of having a disease. Different diseases have different risk factors and below given risk factors increase the chance of getting the cancer.

  • Gender

    Males are more likely to have liver cancer than in females. However, some types of liver cancer are found more in women.

  • Race

    Some global stats show that the percentage of people getting the liver cancer is high in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders followed by the American Indians or Alaska Natives and Hispanics or Latinos, African Americans, and whites.

  • Chronic viral hepatitis

    It is the most common risk factor of liver cancer that can be included in the list of the liver cancer causes. It is caused by the long-term infection with hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus. These infections lead to cirrhosis (a chronic disease of the liver marked by degeneration of cells) of the liver and also, are responsible for the liver cancer becoming most common disease in many parts of the world.

  • Cirrhosis

    It is a disease caused by HBV or HCV infection, in which the liver cells gets damaged and/or replaced by the scar tissues. Cirrhosis is a high risk factor of the cancer and often it comes out that people suffering from liver cancer has evidence of cirrhosis.

  • Alcohol

    Consumption of alcohol is leading cause of cirrhosis which is directly linked to liver cancer and can be one of the biggest liver cancer reasons.

  • Obesity

    Obesity can result in fatty liver disease or cirrhosis which increase the risk of developing the liver cancer.

  • Type 2 diabetes

    The blood sugar disorder increases the risk of liver cancer. The other reason of its being the risk factor is that the type 2 diabetes causes obesity, which in turn can cause liver problems.

  • Aflatoxins

    Aflatoxins are cancer causing elements that are created by fungus in the food like peanut or soya.

  • Anabolic steroids

    These are the male hormones used to increase the strength, mass and stamina, especially by the athletes. These steroids increase the risk of hepatocellular cancer.

To live healthy & happy, one must keep a check on the body’s functioning by going for regular health checkups. This helps in assessing risk factors and diagnosing diseases at an early stage, which will result in effective treatment and better management of the condition.

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