50% increase in cases of liver cancer death: research

50% increase in cases of liver cancer death: research
Worldwide, liver cancer deaths have increased by nearly 50 per cent compared to the last 10 years, a three-fold increase over the past several decades. 

New data from Cancer Research UK shows that in the UK there have been around 5,700 deaths from liver cancer in 2017, the highest annual number ever recorded. According to this data, there has been an increase in 3,200 deaths in 2007. Among all cancers, liver cancer has been the leading cause of deaths in the past decade, and the condition continues to worsen.

The Asian Cancer Institute's surgical oncologist Dr Rajesh Singh says that liver cancer cases in India are increasing at an alarming rate. Many people have lost their lives due to this deadly cancer. You will be shocked to know that liver cancer is emerging as one of the fastest spreading cancers in India, and in many cases even goes without a license.

Symptoms Of Liver Cancer

Most people do not have signs and symptoms in the early stages of primary liver cancer. When signs and symptoms appear, they may include:
  • Lose weight without effort
  • loss of appetite
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • General weakness and fatigue
  • Stomach bloating
  • Yellowing of your skin and whitening of your eyes (jaundice)
  • White, green stool

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Obesity and smoking are the biggest reasons

Obesity and smoking are the biggest reasons
According to the researchers, unfortunately, the pace of cancer treatment has slowed down and now more options are needed for these patients. Another problem is that people are now living with more inaccurate lifestyles, which is a concern. 

According to this study done at the University of Newcastle, the number of people suffering from liver cancer has increased by 60 per cent in the last decade, which may increase further in the coming days. According to the researchers, this cancer has increased by 37 per cent in the last 5 years worldwide.

Why is it important to make life better?

Why is it important to make life better?
Talking only about obesity, 33 per cent of people are getting liver cancer due to increased weight and 20 per cent of people are suffering from smoking.

According to the researchers, obesity, diabetes and rising levels of non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases have a major role in this. According to Cancer Research UK, we can save people from these diseases, but they have to change their lifestyle themselves. 

But more than one-third of these patients are extremely difficult to treat. Causes can lead to obesity and other conditions associated with it, such as oncologic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), diabetes, and liver cirrhosis.

On the other hand, a consultant liver surgeon at Liverpool's Antrim Area Hospital believes that the triple of liver cancer in the last 20 years is extremely worrying and this data is an alarm bell for policymakers. Therefore it is important to implement good strategies immediately for better prevention. 

Although these new figures apply only in England, we know that alcoholism, drug abuse and liver cirrhosis are a major problem for the whole world. Treatment may depend on the stage of cancer. Surgical removal, chemotherapy, and transplant treatment options are available for people with liver cancer.

Dr Rajesh Singh says that one can prevent liver cancer by reducing smoking and alcohol intake and optimal weight. On the other hand, the figures for men suffering from liver cancer in 1997 were 1.73 deaths with 2.73 cases per 100,000 population. At the same time, it increased to 8.82 and 5.97 deaths by 2016. Among women, 0.82 cases were treated and in 1997, 0.51 deaths per 100,000 population increased to 2.2 and 1.4 in 2016. Separately, Cancer Research UK stated that 5,700 liver cancer deaths in the UK in 2017 are much higher than in 2007.

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