Liver Cancer Rate In The US Has Doubled In Last 40 Years

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The amount of Americans with liver cancer in the United States has more than doubled since the mid-1980s, and that death rate looks set to keep increasing.

Not only are the numbers for those diagnosed on the rise, but the prognosis is poor. According to new research from the American Cancer Society, death rates for liver cancer are increasing drastically. Only 1 in 5 people survive longer than 5 years after receiving a diagnosis. Those most afflicted depends on a series of factors including a person’s sex, home state, and ethnicity.

The research team led by Farhad Islami, MD, PhD analysed data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program. They report that the disparities in the death rates stems from major differences in risk factors. What does that mean? People who live in certain states, are of a particular sex and/or ethnicity may be more or less likely to die from liver cancer.

For example, from 2010 to 2014, liver cancer death rates were 5.5 per 100,000 for non-Hispanic whites, 8.4 per 100,000 for non-Hispanic blacks, and 11.9 per 100,000 for American Indian/Alaska Natives.

The many conclusions are not without benefit. Now that there’s tangible evidence to show the factors which directly lead to incidence, pro-active steps can be taken in preventing deaths.

“Thus, in contrast to the growing burden, a substantial proportion of liver cancer deaths could be averted, and existing disparities could be dramatically reduced through the targeted application of existing knowledge in prevention, early detection, and treatment,” says the report.

“There are many different ways that physicians can talk to their patients about their risk factors — including type 2 diabetes, excess body weight, alcohol use, and smoking — all those are common risk factors for liver cancer in addition to hepatitis B and C virus infections,” added co-author Kimberly Miller.

Chinese herbal medicine has been treating the proper function of the liver for two millennia. Your body begins to show many signs before a progressed worsened state of the liver is manifested. A trained herbalist will take your pulse and can see what kind of herbal treatment needs to be taken and for how long. A few of the telling signs of a worsening liver include: yellowing of the eyes/skin, mood swings, depression and anger, brittle nails, worsening vision, disrupted sleep, fatigue, high blood pressure, frequent headaches and irritable bowel behaviour.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology estimates that in 2016, 40,710 men and women were diagnosed with primary liver cancer, and that 28,920 deaths occurred as a result of the disease. Estimates for 2017 hint at similar figures: some 41,000 new cancer cases will be liver cancer and 29,000 deaths will be attributed to the disease. It is the fastest-growing cancer in the country.

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