The liver is positioned in the upper right-hand portion of your abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm, and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and intestines.
The liver organ is very sacrosanct as it controls most chemical levels in the blood and pass out a product called bile. This helps flush out waste products from the liver. All the blood leaving the stomach and intestines follows the liver. The liver processes this blood and breaks down, balances, and creates the nutrients and also metabolizes drugs into forms that are easier to use for the rest of the body or that are non-toxic. It has been revealed that over 500 vital functions are performed by the liver.
What is liver cancer?
Liver cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of your liver.
Different types of cancer can form in the liver. But the most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which begins in the main type of liver cell. However, they are cancer that begins in another part of the body like breast cancer and then spreads to the liver, this type is reffered to as metastatic cancer rather than liver cancer. This type of cancer is usually named after the organ in which it began.
Below are things you shouldn't consume too much to avoid liver cancer.
1. Stop consumimg foods that are high in sugar
Eating diet high in sugar content can cause diabetes which is a risk factor for liver disease.
In December 2013, scientists from the University of Southern California found an association between type 2 diabetes and increased risk of hepatocelluar carcinoma, a form of liver cancer associated with having fatty liver disease.
Analysis of more than 150,000 medical records shows that the liklihood of having hepatocellular carcinoma to be 3 times higher in patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes compared to patients without diabetes.
2. Don't drink too much of alcohol
The type of alcoholic beverage that you consume is irrelevant, but what seems to be necessary is the quantity of alcohol you consume over time. The amount and number of time you spend consumimg alcohol accounts for the link between cancer and alcohol use. This would indicate that people who drink too much of alcohol, and use significantly more alcohol than the moderate level would be at a greater risk to develop cancer. Moreover, it is the ethanol in the alcoholic drink that increases your risk for cancer and not other substances contained in the beverages.
3. Avoid taking exces salt
Consumimg more than 5g of salt each day can trigger liver cancer.
Avoid eating sodium rich canned soups, cured meats and potato chips as the sugar content in them can lead to severe illness in people with liver cancer.
4. Avoid excessive smoking
Excessive smoking is a risk factor of many different cancers, including liver cancer.
Liver cancer risk is further increased if you engage in binge drinking. The risk might also be higher in smokers who have hepatitis B or C infection.
20 out of 100 cases of liver cancer in the UK are as a result of smoking.
Kindly put this health advise into proper practice. Thanks you.
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