In this piece of content, you’ll get to know about the best liver cancer prevention tips that are suggested by the Oncology experts.
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Things to do to prevent Liver cancer
Hepatitis B & C Chronic Hepatitis B and C infections are risk factors that may lead to liver cancer. Both are treatable, provided that the diagnosis is early. These viral infections are primarily transmissible through blood and sexual activity. Without treatment, they can lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Most of the times they are asymptomatic. Therefore, correct screening and prevention are essential. You can protect yourself from HBV and HCV infections by: – avoiding sharing needles for injectable drugs – using a condom – avoiding sex with multiple or positive partners
Weight Avoiding obesity can help to protect against liver cancer. A BMI of over 25 increases the risk of diabetes and fatty liver disease. These two can significantly raise the risk of liver cancer. Regular exercise, combined with a healthy diet, can help you lose weight gradually and steadily. Talk with your doctor or with a personal trainer to find out what’s the best plan for you.
Alcohol Alcohol abuse is a major cause of cirrhosis, which can lead to liver cancer. Not drinking alcohol could help prevent liver cancer. Recommendations regarding healthy drinking are : – one glass of an alcoholic beverage for women, daily – two glasses of an alcoholic beverage for men, daily
Genetic Risk Certain inherited diseases like hemochromatosis can cause liver cancer. Finding and treating these diseases early in life could lower this risk. An example of such a condition is hemochromatosis. It is characterized by increased levels of iron in the body. Treatment consists of regular blood removal to decrease the levels of iron in the serum.
Smoking Quitting smoking will lower the risk of liver cancer. Also, you will be less exposed to several other types of cancers and life-threatening diseases. Seek for psychological support, medication, or any other way that fits your character to manage and discontinue this harmful habit.
Chemical Exposure Avoid eating foods that contain aflatoxin B1 (poison from a fungus that can grow on foods, such as corn and nuts, that have been stored in hot, humid places). This chemical usually contaminates grains. Hopefully, many countries prevent grain contamination by effective food monitoring.