Liver cancer characteristics

Hepatoma malignant

What is liver cancer?

Liver cancer is a disease characterized by abnormal growth of liver cells that produce a cancerous tumor.

Types of liver cancer

There are different types of liver cancer:

  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is a type of cancer that develops in the liver itself. It is the most common liver cancer and constitutes 80 to 90% of all cases of liver cancer.
  • Metastatic cancer is a cancer that originates elsewhere in the body and enters this organ.
  • Hepatoblastoma: A type of childhood cancer.

Causes of liver cancer

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The exact causes of liver cancer are not known. However, there are a number of factors that can favour its appearance:

  • Hepatitis: This is the factor that causes most liver cancers. For example, 10 to 20% of patients with hepatitis B develop liver cancer.
  • Cirrhosis: it is the second factor. 5 to 10% of patients with cirrhosis develop into liver cancer.
  • Hemochromatosis: This is another disease that can lead to liver cancer.

Toxic products for the liver

Some products are toxic to the liver; they have carcinogenic properties, ie may cause the development of liver cancer. Among the best known are toxic chemicals like arsenic, mercury, lead, copper, phosphorus, selenium, pesticides, insecticides and certain vegetables.

Aflatoxins are carcinogenic toxins that develop on certain foods, especially in nuts and dried fruits.

* More information on toxic products for the liver

Symptoms of liver cancer

At first, the malignant hepatoma rarely gives any symptoms. As the tumor gets bigger some symptoms may appear:

– Discomfort in the liver area

– Bloated stomach




– etc.

However, fortunately, many of these symptoms may be caused by other benign pathologies.

Diagnosis of liver cancer

For the diagnosis of the disease, apart from a physical examination, a blood test is required.

Subsequently, to determine the existence of a tumor in the liver with certainty, some other medical tests may be required, including x-rays, MRIs, scanogram, etc.

The final confirmation is given by a biopsy, which involves removing a small sample of liver tissue and its subsequent examination under a microscope.

It is important to diagnose this disease in its later stages to control its progress

Natural treatment of liver cancer

The natural treatment of liver cancer is based on using some medicinal remedies to complement the official treatment. Among them. we can point out the following:

– Medicinal plants for liver cancer

– Liver cancer diet

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

18 September, 2019

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