Typically, symptoms and signs of liver cancer do not usually show up until the disease has advanced into a later stage. This can be especially concerning, as liver cancer that is caught later rather than earlier can be more difficult to treat. When it comes to liver cancer, it is highly important to watch out for signs and symptoms early. An early diagnosis may give you greater odds for a possible and faster remission.
Some of the most common signs of liver cancer that you may start to notice if you are suffering from the disease include weight loss without dieting, a loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, a full sensation after having only a small meal, itching, yellowing of the skin and eyes, an enlarged spleen, an enlarged liver, or swelling within your abdomen. If you are experiencing any of these common signs, it is best to seek testing and treatment from your doctor to see if you are currently dealing with liver cancer or another similar type of cancer.
In addition to the common symptoms that most people experience when they have liver cancer, there are other signs that you may start to notice as well. Low- to high-grade fever, bruising and bleeding easily are signs of liver cancer. Check your stomach to see if you have enlarged veins that have become increasingly visible on your skin.
Tumors on the Liver
When a tumor becomes present within the liver, hormones can cause other organs to start acting irregularly. The extreme change in hormones may cause low blood sugar levels, fatigue, enlargement of the breasts, shrinking of the testicles, high levels in your blood calcium, high red blood cell counts, and high cholesterol.
Getting a Diagnosis
If you suspect that you may be suffering from liver cancer, you may first want to go over a checklist and determine if you are dealing with any of the symptoms listed. Whether you are only experiencing one symptom or several, liver cancer is always a possibility. For accurate test results, the best option is to consult with your doctor regarding diagnosis and treatment.
Many signs of liver cancer can stem from other conditions associated with the liver. Testing for this type of cancer is always recommended if you think that you may have it. Your doctor may opt to have imaging tests performed, including x-rays and sound-wave procedures that can help to find suspicious areas and diagnose liver cancer. Other common testing procedures include ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI testing, bone scans, biopsies, and laboratory tests.
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