Top 5 Ways to Prevent Liver Cancer

Liver cancer has many causes, and there’s not much people can do to prevent some cases. Factors like genetics and involuntary exposure to certain chemicals are things we can't really control. However, there are some simple steps we can take to help reduce our risk of liver cancer - and, as a bonus, to improve our health in general. 

Quit Smoking

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If you are smoker, now is never a better time to quit. In addition to causing heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer, smoking also has been linked to liver cancer. If you smoke, you can significantly improve your health - and your long-term prognosis - if you quit.

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

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Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and alcohol abuse leads to a disease causes cirrhosis. Having cirrhosis is can lead to liver cancer. If you drink, do so in moderation.

Get the Hepatitis B Vaccine for You and Your Children

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The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all children in the United States and is required for school entry. If you are an adult, take a look over your medical records to ensure you were properly immunized as a child. If you don't have access to those records, talk to your physician about how the vaccine. Ensure your children receive the vaccine at recommended ages. Hepatitis B infection is a major risk factor for liver cancer development.

Practice Safe Sex

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By having unprotected sex, you can contract many diseases, including hepatitis C. Being infected with hepatitis B or C is one of the major risk factors for liver cancer.

Don't Use Illegal IV Drugs

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Contaminated needles shared by drug users can transmit hepatitis C. If you are a drug user, seek help immediately.

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El-Serag HB, Kanwal F. Epidemiology of hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States: where are we? Where do we go? Hepatology 2014; 60:1767.

Edited by Richard N. Fogoros, MD

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