Liver cancer is the sixth most frequently occurring cancer in the world.
Globally, more than 700,000 new cases of liver cancer will be diagnosed in 2014. It is the leading cause of cancer death, claiming the lives of 600,000 people annually. Men are more than twice as likely to develop cancer in their lifetime.
Your liver is the largest and hardest working organ in your body. It cleans every cell in your body, filtering out toxins. It metabolizes nutrients, making and storing the fuel your body needs, creates the bile necessary for digestion, aids with blood clotting, along with more than 500 other critical functions.
Medical Causes of Liver Cancer
Chronic Viral Hepatitis: The greatest risk factor for liver cancer worldwide is long-term infection of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV). These viruses attack and damage liver cells. Hepatitis B or C is known to trigger genetic changes in liver cells, which promote the production of liver tumors. Hepatitis viruses are passed through bodily fluids (blood, urine, fecal matter, saliva, or sexual contact), reused needles (both from drug use and through improper tattoo practices), and from pregnant women to their unborn child. There are sometimes no symptoms for hepatitis C.
Cirrhosis: The second most common cause of liver cancer is cirrhosis. This form of liver damage is responsible for the formation of scar tissue in the liver, which can lead to malignant tumors. There are several factors that can contribute to cirrhosis – such as autoimmune diseases or non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) that is left untreated. The most common cause of cirrhosis in the United States is excessive alcohol consumption. When alcohol enters the liver, it is converted into formaldehyde. Minimal or no intake of alcoholic beverages reduces the risk of cirrhosis.
Aflatoxin Exposure: Aflatoxins are chemicals produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavius and Aspergillus parasiticus. These fungi contaminate food products, primarily peanuts, wheat, soy, rice, and corn. The aflatoxins produced by these fungi are toxic to the liver, even fatal if absorbed in sufficient amounts. They are most prevalent in tropical climates where storage facilities can have trouble with moisture infiltration.
Lifestyle Causes for Liver Cancer
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Anabolic steroids
Controlling lifestyle habits is the key to preventing many diseases, including cancer. Though inherited factors and genetic mutations cannot be prevented, experts estimate that more than half the diagnosed cases of cancer every year are preventable.
A Few Natural Treatments
- Herbs (mistletoe, milk thistle)
- Cellect-Budwig Protocol
- Rife Generators
- Essiac Tea
The Mighty Liver
The most important thing to remember is that you cannot live without your liver.
Doing everything you can to protect yourself from all diseases of the liver – including liver cancer – is the only way to ensure that this hardworking organ remains in excellent condition.