Clinical features of hepatitis B virus-associated hepatocellular carcinoma
Does hepatitis B or C cause cancer?
People who are infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) virus may develop a chronic infection that can lead to cirrhosis. The damage that results increases the risk of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma).
In the U.S., approximately 65 percent of liver cancer cases are related to hepatitis B or C, with nearly 50 percent attributable to hepatitis C alone. Some groups of Americans are at increased risk for chronic viral hepatitis infection.
Which hepatitis has the highest risk for cirrhosis and liver cancer?
Viral hepatitis is the largest risk factor for liver cancer worldwide. Hepatitis C has become much more common than hepatitis B because there is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis can be passed from person to person through exposure to blood or bodily fluids.
How can you detect liver cancer early?
Early warning signs of liver cancer
- Pain in the upper abdomen on the right side or near the right shoulder blade.
- Abdominal swelling (ascites) or bloating in the abdomen that develops as a mass.
- Enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) felt as a mass under the ribs on the right side Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
What are the symptoms of stage 4 liver cancer?
Stage 4 Liver Cancer Symptoms
- Abdominal pain.
- Abdominal swelling (ascites)
- Appetite loss.
- Feeling full after eating only a little (early satiety)
- Fluid in the abdomen.
- Generalized itching.
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
- Liver enlargement.
How does hepatitis B and C affect the body?
Hepatitis is caused by a virus in the blood. Like other viruses, a person becomes infected with hepatitis through exposure to the virus. Hepatitis B and C cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B is preventable via a vaccine, but there is no vaccine for hepatitis C.
Does hepatitis B spread through saliva?
Hepatitis B is not spread through sneezing, coughing, hugging, or breastfeeding. Although the virus can be found in saliva, it is not believed to be spread through kissing or sharing utensils.
Do liver tumors hurt?
Liver cancer pain location
Liver cancer pain is commonly focused on the top right of the abdominal area, near the right shoulder blade. The pain can sometimes extend into the back. It can also be felt in the lower right portion of the rib cage.
Which hepatitis is not curable?
Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by a virus (called the hepatitis B virus, or HBV). It can be serious and there’s no cure, but the good news is it’s easy to prevent.
Which hepatitis is curable?
All types of hepatitis are treatable but only A and C are curable. Most people with hepatitis A or hepatitis B infection will recover on their own, with no lasting liver damage. In rare cases, people with hepatitis B will develop chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer.
Does all hepatitis affect the liver?
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of your liver that’s caused by a virus. There are five types, but the most common ones in the U.S. are hepatitis A, B, and C. All of them affect your liver.