Liver cancer emerges as fast growing threat in country

Liver cancer is emerging as one of the fastest spreading cancers in India We get about 10 new liver cancer cases in our hospital every week and in the past two years we have seen 360 people suffering from liver cancer said Dr SK Sarin director ILBS during a twoday April 78 international symposium organised by the institute on liver cancer in the Capital

The good news however is that almost 50 see a specialist in a treatable condition as opposed to 10 about two decades ago Early detection always helps in better treatment outcome We urge highrisk category people to get screened regularly and see a liver specialist if cancer is diagnosed said Dr Sarin

Those having a family history of hepatitis B or C diabetics and alcoholics fall under the risk category If your mother is Hepatitis B positive then you need to be extra careful

Hepatitis B and C used to be the most common causes for liver disease in India that led to liver cancer later Since past few years alcohol has also added to the list Nearly 1 million people suffer from chronic liver disease because of alcohol

For diabetics who are overweight and consume alcohol the chances of getting liver cancer increases by eight fold Diabetics have twoandahalf times more chances of developing chronic liver disease said Dr Sarin

Around the world too acute liver disease accounts for 40 of deaths from cirrhosis and 30 of the cases of liver cancer

Advances in medical science have led to new treatment options for liver cancer patients Blocking blood supply to the tumour and administering chemotherapy directly to the tumour called transarterial chemo embolization radiation surgery using a radiation beam to cut the tumour are proving very beneficial said Dr KK Madhavan liver specialist from Singapore

Date : 09 Apr, 2012
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