You see, liver cancer isn't a glamorous disease. It's associated with drinking. It's one of those cancers (the other being lung cancer) people think you bring on yourself - Cara Joy David
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“We need a holistic, comprehensive approach” to tackling aflatoxins, says Amare Ayalew. Aflatoxicity is just one of the foodborne illnesses, such as salmonella infection, that disproportionately affect Africa.
Aflatoxin is a type of toxin caused by a fungus (certain kinds of Aspergillus) that occurs naturally in hot and humid climates. It’s a silent killer as it doesn’t change the taste of food, according to Ayalew, a plant pathologist and the program manager for the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA). This tenacious carcinogen also resists cooking, making it hard to eradicate once it enters the food system.
Well over half the world’s population is chronically…
Aflatoxin contamination is already a public health calamity. With ever more of the world being touched by it, that may drive further resources to combatting it.
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With cancer, there are generally only two categories of living patients: those in treatment (patients) and those who have finished treatment (survivors). I don’t fit fully into any of these categories so I made up a new one: I am a liver.
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The liver is the largest organ inside the body, and performs many vital functions: a person cannot survive without his or her liver. More common in African and East Asian countries, liver cancer is often tied to hepatitis infection (A, B, and C), exposure to toxic chemicals, or excessive alcohol consumption. Symptoms of liver cancer are often nonspecific, and are not apparent until later stages of the disease.
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There are several risk factors for liver cancer: Long-term hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection are linked to liver cancer because they often lead to cirrhosis. Hepatitis B can lead to liver cancer without cirrhosis. Excessive alcohol use. Obesity and diabetes are closely associated with a type of liver abnormality called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that may increase the risk of liver cancer, especially in those who drink heavily or have viral hepatitis. Certain inherited metabolic diseases. Environmental exposure to aflatoxins.
If you are facing liver cancer, we can help you learn about your treatment options and possible side effects, and point you to information and services to help you get through treatment and live well afterward.
Though uncommon in the United States, liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world. There are over one million new cases of the disease diagnosed annually worldwide. Incidence rates are especially high in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In some countries in these areas, primary liver cancer is the most common type of cancer. Liver cancer is difficult to treat since it is hard to detect early. But, there is reason to hope.
Fred Hutch scientists are pursuing new therapies for liver cancer and developing news ways to detect the disease at its earliest, most treatable stages. Researchers are studying why some people get liver cancer after a hepatitis C infection.
Symptoms of liver cancer arise most commonly in the later stages of the disease and include weight loss, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, and abdominal swelling. These symptoms are fairly nonspecific and can occur with cancers in other locations as well as some chronic diseases. Other symptoms of liver cancer include a yellowish discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), enlarged and tender liver, and chalky, white-colored stools.
Symptoms can include a lump or pain on the right side of your abdomen and yellowing of the skin. However, you may not have symptoms until the cancer is advanced. This makes it harder to treat. Doctors use tests that examine the liver and the blood to diagnose liver cancer. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or liver transplantation.
Primary liver cancer is cancer that starts in the liver. The most common type of primary liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which occurs in the tissue of the liver. When cancer starts in other parts of the body and spreads to the liver, it is called liver metastasis. Liver cancer is rare in children and teenagers, but there are two types of liver cancer that can form in children. Hepatoblastoma occurs in younger children, and hepatocellular carcinoma occurs in older children and teenagers.
Symptoms of liver cancer are often vague and don't appear until the cancer is at an advanced stage. They can include: •unexplained weight loss •loss of appetite •feeling very full after eating, even if the meal was small •feeling sick and vomiting •pain or swelling in your abdomen (tummy) •jaundice (yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes) •itchy skin •feeling very tired and weak
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