What is a Hepatocellular Carcinoma? (Definition)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accounts for most liver cancers. This type of cancer occurs more often in men than women. It is usually diagnosed in people age 50 or older. Most cases of HCC are as a result of either a viral hepatitis infection (hepatitis B or C), metabolic toxins such as alcohol or aflatoxin, conditions like hemochromatosis and alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency or NASH. Treatment options for HCC and prognosis are dependent on many factors but especially on tumour size, staging, and extent of liver injury.
Symptoms of liver cancer may include:
- Abdominal pain or tenderness, especially in the upper-right part
Easy bruising or bleeding
Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
Unexplained weight loss
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