Liver cancer is one of the most worrying incurable diseases at the moment, as the exact cause is unknown. Although in some cases, chronic hepatitis infection may be the origin.
The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and is responsible for filtering the blood to eliminate toxins that accumulate in the body (such as blirubin), but also to produce cholesterol, some special proteins for plasma, regulate the blood clotting and amino acid levels, etc.
For this reason, when it does not work properly (as in the case of a disease), health is severely affected.
As with other types of cancer, people with liver cancer may also have no symptoms. However, there are some signs that can be directly linked to this pathology. Let’s see which ones.
1. Abdominal pain and swelling
One of the symptoms that can indicate liver cancer is pain in the upper (right) part of the abdomen, where the liver is located and which can radiate to the back. Additionally, some patients may experience abdominal swelling.
Both symptoms can be confused with digestive disorders, as this symptom is common to several diseases.
- Pain can intensify and persist as the disease progresses.
- Experts from the American Cancer Association say the other most common symptoms of liver cancer are:
- Loss of appetite.
- Dilated veins in the abdomen.
- Enlarged liver and spleen.
- Feeling full after eating little.
- Swelling or accumulation of fluid in the belly.
2. Stomach pain and liver cancer
Constant nausea and vomiting are another sign that something is wrong with the body and that you need to pay due attention to it.
Although both symptoms are common to various gastrointestinal diseases, it should never be ruled out that they may be linked to serious problems, such as liver cancer.
If you have any concerns about your health, it is best to consult your doctor for an evaluation. However, keep in mind that nausea and vomiting does not necessarily indicate the presence of a tumor.
3. Hard lump under the ribs
Experts from the Cancer.net portal indicate that “the presence of a hard lump under the ribs, on the right side of the body, could indicate a tumor or signal that the liver has increased in size.”
If you notice a painful mass to the touch, it is important to see your doctor for prompt evaluation. In no case is it advisable to resort to self-medication.
4. Jaundice and liver cancer
Another of the possible symptoms of liver cancer is jaundice. However, it must be remembered that even this symptom is not exclusive to this pathology. Therefore, should it occur, it would not necessarily indicate the presence of this disease.
When the liver fails to eliminate excess bilirubin, the skin and membranes of the body take on a yellowish color, as does the inner part of the eye. This results in jaundice, due to incorrect destruction of red blood cells, which takes place in the liver.
5. Weakness and fatigue
One of the symptoms most associated with tumors is the feeling of excessive tiredness or weakness that make it difficult to carry out even the simplest actions such as: picking up the phone or the TV remote control, moving around to go to the bathroom, etc …
6. Weight loss and liver cancer
If the person is not following any weight loss diet or physical activity, which could lead to rapid and noticeable weight loss, it may be necessary to see the doctor as soon as possible to check what is happening.
One of the possible causes of weight loss is liver cancer. If this is the case, weight loss, combined with a lack of appetite and the difficulty of absorbing nutrients properly, can lead to several complications.
7. Dark colored urine
British Liver Trust experts say some of the symptoms of colon cancer may be similar to those of cirrhosis, for example:
- Dark urine.
- Pale or grayish stools.
- Itching, fever, bleeding, bruising, etc.
8. White or whitish stools
White or whitish stools can also be a symptom of liver cancer. If they are found, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Do you have any doubts about your health? Consult a doctor as soon as possible!
Only a doctor can establish the diagnosis of the tumor after careful evaluation. Therefore, if you have any doubts about your health, it is best to consult the specialist.
Having one of the symptoms mentioned in this article does not necessarily mean that you have cancer.