October is recognized worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many don’t know this month celebrates Liver Cancer Awareness.
Studies show rates of Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a form of liver cancer, is highest among south Texas Hispanics.
Doctors say HCCA is a potentially preventable disease, as the main causes of liver cancer come from chronic infections like Hepatitis B and C, and Chronic Alcohol Abuse.
Dr. Hashem El-Serag, Baylor College of Medicine said, “Those who get Hepatocellular Carcinoma, the prognosis is dismal. Despite all the advancements in screening, diagnosis, and treatment, the overall survival after being diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma is anywhere between five to ten percent at five years.”
Experts say often times people are diagnosed with advanced stages of liver cancer. Knowing what to do to prevent it is vital to stem the tide of this fatal disease.