What Are the Early Signs of Liver Cancer?


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Loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, nausea, vomiting and feeling full after eating a small amount are some early signs of liver cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Generally, the symptoms of liver cancer are not present until the disease is in its advanced stages.

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What Are the Early Signs of Liver Cancer?
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Early liver cancer may cause jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes and skin, the American Cancer Society explains. Fluid buildup or swelling of the abdomen and itching and pain in the right shoulder blade or abdomen may also indicate early liver cancer. An enlarged liver may be felt on the right side of the body under the ribs, and the spleen might also become enlarged, which can be felt on the left side of the body under the ribs.

Fever, abnormal bleeding or bruising, and enlarged veins on the stomach that are visible through the skin may also be indicative of liver cancer, reports the American Cancer Society. Liver cancer in those with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis may begin to feel worse than normal, and lab test results may change, including levels of alpha-fetoprotein, or AFP. Other abnormal bloodwork may indicate high levels of calcium, low blood sugar levels and high cholesterol levels. High red blood counts may also be present.

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