The liver is the body’s largest intestinal organ. Sitting just beneath the right ribs and right lung, it plays an important role in our overall health. It is responsible for breaking down and storing nutrients, creating proteins that clot blood, delivers bile to the intestines and breaks down toxic wastes in the blood.
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According to the Canadian Cancer Society, cells in the liver sometimes change or behave irregularly. When this happens it usually leads to benign tumors, such as hemangiomas. These tumors aren’t always cancerous, but sometimes, changes to liver cells can result in cancer. Unfortunately, the liver is more susceptible to cancer because of its function as the body’s filter. Since all blood in the body passes through the liver, it’s accessible to any cancer cells in the bloodstream. To get better informed on liver cancer, take a look at this list on the main causes and symptoms of liver cancer…
1. What is Liver Cancer?
Approximately 30,600 people are diagnosed with liver cancer every year according to the American Cancer Society. The prevalence of this cancer is due to the role the liver plays in our bodies. As the largest gland in your entire body, your liver is responsible for filtering and eliminating toxins, stockpiling vitamins and essential nutrients for energy, generating the necessary proteins for blood clotting, and producing bile for efficient digestion.
Acting as a filter, the liver can easily become cancerous—with cancer either taking root in the liver and spreading to other organs (Primary Liver Cancer)—i.e., the colon, pancreas, stomach, breasts, and lungs. Or cancer can travel from another area of the body and affecting the liver (Metastasized Cancer) as toxins are filtered through.
The average person diagnosed with liver cancer is over 60-years-old. More men than women are affected.