Telltale liver cancer symptom can be spotted when you look into someone’s eyes

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Liver cancer is relatively uncommon but can be very serious and should never be ignored – there are some tell-tale signs experts are warning everyone needs to be aware of

A telltale sign in your eyes could point toward liver cancer.

Primary live cancer is an uncommon type of cancer, but it is serious and should not be ignored, according to the NHS. This form of is different to secondary live cancer, which requires the malignant cells to start forming in the liver, while the latter develops elsewhere in the body – before spreading to the organ.

Symptoms of primary liver cancer are often vague and don’t appear until the cancer is at an advanced stage – but spotting it early is vital. As it’s Cancer Prevention Action Week (February 19 to 25), we take a look at one sign of the illness which you might spot when looking into someone’s eyes. The NHS Inform website states that one of the most common symptoms of liver cancer is that the whites of your eyes begin to turn yellow, as part of a condition known as jaundice. This can also make your skin appear yellow, although this may not be as noticeable on certain skin types.

Other symptoms of liver cancer include:

  • 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)
  • itchy skin
  • feeling very tired and weak

The NHS recommends visiting your GP as soon as notice any of these symptoms. Although the symptoms could be the result of a “more common condition”, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out, as catching cancer early could be life-saving. The NHS went on to state: “You should also contact your GP if you have previously been diagnosed with a condition known to affect the liver, such as cirrhosis or a hepatitis C infection, and your health suddenly deteriorates.”

The exact causes of liver cancer are unknown, but most cases are associated with damage and scarring of the liver known as cirrhosis. This can be caused by several different things, including drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years and having a long-term hepatitis B or C infection.

It is also believed obesity and an unhealthy diet can increase the risk of liver cancer because this can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The NHS states you may be able to reduce your chances of liver cancer by cutting down on alcohol and following a healthy, balanced diet with regular exercise. Liver cancer treatment depends on the stage the condition is at, and if it is caught early, it may be possible to remove the cancer completely. Treatment often includes surgical resection to remove a section of liver or a liver transplant.

The NHS Inform website states: “However, only a small proportion of liver cancers are diagnosed at a stage where these treatments are suitable. Most people are diagnosed when the cancer has spread too far to be removed or completely destroyed. In these cases, treatments such as chemotherapy will be used to slow down the spread of the cancer and relieve symptoms such as pain and discomfort.”

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