Liver cancer is common in Southeast Asia and is the 4th most common cancer among men in Singapore.
Causes and Risks
The main causes of liver cancer are hepatitis B, hepatitis C and alcohol liver disease. Alcohol is the main cause of liver cancer in the west. In Asian countries, however, liver cancer is mostly brought on by infections. Hepatitis can be transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids like saliva, blood and sperm.
Liver cancer shows no symptoms. Most patients merely complain of a pain, loss of appetite or weight loss.
Liver cancer is often detected by chance through a CT or ultrasound scan. Patients at risk should go through regular blood tests and scans to detect early damage to the liver, the presence of tumours or signs of liver disease.
Liver surgery is a safe and effective way of treating liver cancer.