Preventative Measures And Lifestyle Modifications That Can Reduce The Chances Of Developing Liver Cancer

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There are many preventative measures and lifestyle modifications that can reduce the chances of developing liver cancer. The avoidance of viral hepatitis is imperative, being vaccinated against hepatitis B during childhood offers increased defense against the disease causing virus. Avoiding intravenous drug use, and other factors directly related to the contraction of hepatitis B and C is also key. Excessive alcohol consumption is known to contribute to liver damage, more specifically cirrhosis. Thus avoiding alcoholism is an important lifestyle factor in the prevention of hepatocellular carcinoma. Routine medical exams with one’s physician can identify risk factors, these exams may include screening for liver cancer and other related antecedents. Individuals with hemochromatosis and autoimmune disorders of the liver should be screened frequently for the potential development of hepatoma.
Although the molecular progression of hepatoma has yet to be identified, there are many markers of the disease that can be identified during screening. AFP, otherwise known as a-Fetoprotein in an earlier indicator of patients developing hepatocellular carcinoma. Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA), Des-y-Carboxy Prothrombin (DCP) Glypican-3 (GPC3), Golgi Protein 73 (GP73), cytokines, insulin-like growth factors (IGF), Interleukin 6 and 10 (IL-6 & 10), y-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT), a-L-Fucosidase (AFU), and others are seen as developmental markers of HCC tumors. (Valvarde, 2011.)
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