Liver cancer risk factors are specific environmental or genetic elements that can increase the likelihood of an individual developing liver cancer in his or her lifetime. Although these risk factors can help identify those who should be especially vigilant in monitoring their health to detect liver cancer symptoms if they arise, these traits are not an absolute predictor as to whether or not the individual will develop liver cancer.
Some of the liver cancer risk factors that people should be aware of include:
- Age – Liver cancer is more common in adults over the age of 60.
- Gender – Men are more likely to contract liver cancer than women.
- Previous infections – People who have had the Hepatitis B or C virus are more likely to develop liver cancer.
- Cirrhosis – Frequent consumption of large amounts of alcohol or the heavy use of drugs can cause cirrhosis, or scarring, of the liver, as can previous Hepatitis infections. This scarring can make a person more susceptible to developing liver cancer.
- Genetics – Certain inherited diseases, like hereditary hemochromatosis or glycogen storage diseases, can increase the risk of liver cancer.
- Obesity – Being obese can cause fat deposits to build up in the liver and may lead to scarring or other problems, which in turn lead to a higher chance of developing liver cancer.
If your physician has indicated that you may be at risk for liver cancer, turn to the world-renowned experts at Moffitt Cancer Center. Our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program offers early detection technologies and diagnostic testing. Our oncologists can help you assess your own personal risk level and teach you how to identify early liver cancer symptoms.
No referral is needed to meet with our liver cancer team to discuss risk factors or to seek a diagnosis. Contact Moffitt Cancer Center at 1-888-663-3488, or complete our new patient registration form to schedule your appointment.