Deaths from liver cancer have increased considerably in
the U.S. in recent years. Learning about the known causes of liver cancer and
taking action against them can significantly reduce your risk.
- Chronic hepatitis B or C infection
- Cirrhosis (scar tissue on the liver)
- Heavy alcohol use
- Contact with aflatoxins (poisons that can grow on certain
foods like peanuts, corn and rice when they aren’t stored properly)
- Get the hepatitis B vaccine.
- Take steps to reduce your chances of a hepatitis C
- If you are sexually active, do not engage in unprotected
- If you are getting a piercing or tattoo, make sure you go
to a clean and safe shop.
- Avoid using IV drugs. However, if you do, only use
- If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t start. If you do, limit
yourself to two alcoholic beverages a day if you’re a man, or one a day if
you’re a woman.
- Avoid tobacco. If you already use tobacco and are ready
to quit, please contact us at 479-361-5847 to speak with someone about our
Tobacco Cessation Program.
October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month. Visit
liverfoundation.org to learn more about the disease.