Liver Cancer Prevention Guidelines
Liver cancer is the fourth most common kind of cancer around the world and is the third leading cause of cancer death internationally. In the U.S., liver cancer tends to be less common than it is in the rest of the world. However, the number of cases in the U.S. has been rising in recent years, particularly in white, black, and Hispanic men over age 40. At MountainView Hospital , our Cancer Care department offers a range of liver cancer treatment options, but as with all cancers, taking steps to prevent the disease is important. Here is a look at some of the risk factors for liver cancer and what you can do to decrease your chances of getting it.
Control Alcohol Intake
Chronic alcoholism can cause a disease called cirrhosis . In people with cirrhosis, healthy liver tissue turns into scar tissue. This scar tissue interferes with blood flow in the liver, compromising the organ’s ability to function properly. Having cirrhosis increases your chances of getting liver cancer. If you choose to drink, talk to your doctor about what a healthy consumption level is. If you are concerned that you are drinking excessively, your doctor can help you get the support you need to quit.
Get the Hepatitis B Vaccine
Having chronic hepatitis B increases your chances of getting liver cancer. The longer your hepatitis is left uncontrolled, the more your risk of developing liver cancer increases. Getting the hepatitis B vaccine will protect you from this disease.
Avoid Risky Behavior
Hepatitis B and C can both be transmitted during unprotected sexual activity. Both of these conditions can increase your chances of getting liver cancer, so avoiding unprotected sex can help you decrease your liver cancer risk.
Our oncology experts at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas help patients facing all different types of cancer to develop a plan for fighting the disease. In addition to cancer care, our Las Vegas hospital is home to a full range of care options, including bariatric surgery, emergency care, and stroke care. Get answers to your questions about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5474.