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Common Signs and Symptoms Of Liver Cancer

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I’m happy to take you through a brief tour of liver cancer signs and symptoms.
Liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) is a type of cancer that starts in the liver. Some cancers develop outside the liver and spread to the area. However, only cancers that start in the liver are described as liver cancer.
LIVER cancer, especially in the early stages, can be symptomless, but there can be some visible signs which suggest a person is suffering with the disease.
LIVER #cancer #symptoms often don't appear until the disease has advanced. They are also commonly associated with less serious health conditions, but nonetheless it is important to get them checked out. There are 13 Signs and Symptoms you should watch for.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience any signs or symptoms that worry you.
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replied July 21st, 2018
Signs and symptoms of liver cancer often do not show up until the later stages of the disease, but sometimes they may show up sooner. If you go to your doctor when you first notice symptoms, your cancer might be diagnosed earlier, when treatment is most likely to be helpful. Some of the most common symptoms of liver cancer are:

1. Weight loss (without trying)
2. Loss of appetite
3. Feeling very full after a small meal
4. Nausea or vomiting
5. An enlarged liver, felt as a mass under the ribs on the right side
6. An enlarged spleen, felt as a mass under the ribs on the left side
7. Pain in the abdomen or near the right shoulder blade
8. Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
9. Itching
10. Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

Some other symptoms can include fever, enlarged veins on the belly that can be seen through the skin, and abnormal bruising or bleeding.

People who have chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis may feel worse than usual or just have changes in lab test results, such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels.

Some liver tumors make hormones that act on organs other than the liver. These hormones may cause:

1. High blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia), which can cause nausea, confusion, constipation, weakness, or muscle problems
2. Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), which can cause fatigue or fainting
3. Breast enlargement (gynecomastia) and/or shrinkage of the testicles in men
4. High counts of red blood cells (erythrocytosis) which can cause someone to look red and flushed
5. High cholesterol levels

Many of the signs and symptoms of liver cancer can also be caused by other conditions, including other liver problems. Still, if you have any of these problems, it's important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.
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