Before explaining liver cancer life expectancy, there are several things that you should know. These are what is liver cancer, risk factors of liver cancer, causes of liver cancer, the importance of early diagnosis.
According to cancer research UK, there are 14.1 billion cancer people in the world and sixth number is the liver cancer. So it means that there are so many liver cancer people in the world. According to another study of cancer.org, there are 39,230 new liver cancer diagnoses in 2016 and every year 600,000 deaths exist in the world. These subtopics are so important to understand the liver cancer life expectancy.
What is liver cancer?
Liver cancer is a cancer type that contains tumour cells in your liver, whose size is approximately a soccer ball. Doctors cannot say, that there is only one type of liver cancer. Liver cancer is general definition. The most common liver cancer type is hepatocellular carcinoma. The other types are intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatoblastoma. There is one more type of liver cancer that starts the other organs after tumours cells spread to your liver. I think, when a person thinks liver cancer life expectancy, he or she should know definition of liver cancer.
Risk Factors of Liver Cancer
Gender is the important factor for liver cancer and man are more likely to have liver cancer than woman. Ethnicity is another risk factor of this illness. United States, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have more liver cancer situation in the world. Chronic hepatitis is one of the most risk factor for not only liver cancer but also other cancer types like colon cancer, blood cancer. Because of the hepatitis illness, tumour cells have more spaces to spread the other organs.
This means that hepatitis will make cells to be more weak body. These factors are Cirrhosis, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Primary biliary cirrhosis, Inherited metabolic diseases, Heavy alcohol use, Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, Certain rare diseases, Aflatoxins, Anabolic steroids, Infection with parasites, tobacco usage, Birth control pills. But I want to focus on tobacco usage, because it is very important for liver cancer life expectancy. According to new study, smoking is effective for liver cancer seriously and % 16 of liver cancer linked with smoking. Their result was that ‘We should be counseling our patients who have other risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma to quit smoking.’ Actually the only reason to quit smoking is not escaping the liver cancer, there exists so many environmental issues.
Causes of Liver Cancer
The main reason of liver cancer is not known sadly but the main cause of any cancer type is chemical changing in DNA molecules. As you expected, after a changing happened in DNA molecules, the back forward is impossible due to lack of improvements in science. I hope that scientist will be handle with these problems immediately.
The importance of Early Diagnoses
It is very critic for life expectancy for liver cancer however it is really hard to have early diagnoses. Because it can be found in later stages of liver cancer, with the development of the medical sciences early diagnoses will be very good for ill people. All of us are waiting for there improvements. So if you have these symptoms, you should go to the doctors immediately.
These are unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, feeling very full after eating, even if the meal was small, feeling sick and vomiting, pain or swelling in your abdomen (tummy), jaundice (yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes), itchy skin, feeling very tired and weak. Of course there are a few symptoms, but these are most common ones.
After understanding all of these issues, the life expectancy in liver cancer is easy to get in your brain. Usually people have known that it is almost 5 years after diagnosis of liver cancer. But it is really difficult to say this number is an exact number because it depends so many factors. For example, your stage number is so critical to determine this life expectancy in liver cancer.
If you are at the last stage of this illness, you should have more hope than other ill people. The reason is that your full body are covered by tumour cells unfortunately. Do not misunderstand me, there is always a hope. The only effective factor is not the stage number, of course. The other factor is your psychology. It is really crucial to be treated.
Your stage number is not important, if you have really powerful psychology. You can handle with this illness. According to the study in England, there are almost %35 ill people will survive their cancer for 1 year or more after diagnosis and more than % 10 of people that be diagnosed will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.
Life expectancy in liver cancer is so low that people are dispersion. However, there are a few treatment approaches like chemotherapy and surgery. If a patient is at stage 1 or stage 2, the surgery is the best option to get rid of tumour cells just before these cells spread to other tissues. It is better to repeating again and again, the prognosis is so critic for this illness. In order to do that, you should do check up. Because the symptoms are not enough to detect liver cancer at early stages.
According to Western Medical Laboratory, ‘Liver cancer has a poor prognosis with a low chance of survival past one year, whether the cancer is primary or secondary, when untreated or treated by simple systemic chemotherapy, or when treated by any means when the cancer is advanced (large tumor, significant impact on serum indicators of liver involvement, rapid metastasis). The best indicator of survival outcome is the initial condition of the cancer at the time of diagnosis, more so than the type of treatment applied.’ So for the life expectancy in liver cancer, professional help is necessary and also psychological help is also necessary. Without getting help, the liver cancer cannot be overcome unhappily.