• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: Understanding liver cancer

October 13, 2017

a medical illustration of liver cancerLiver cancer: An overview 
October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to brush up on the facts and signs of this disease. Most people don't have signs and symptoms in the early stages of primary liver cancer. When signs and symptoms do appear, they may include losing weight without trying; general weakness and fatigue; and white, chalky stools. It's not clear what causes most cases of liver cancer, but factors that increase the risk include chronic infection with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, diabetes and excessive alcohol consumption. Learn more about liver cancer, how you can reduce your risk and when you should consult your health care provider.

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