A new report from the Canadian Cancer Society says that liver cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in Canada. However, the report also said that lifestyle changes can save lives. It is also a treatable cancer if detected early enough.
In the country, liver cancer tripled in males and doubled in females since 1970, the report noted. It can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices. Primary risk factors in liver cancer are Hepatitis B and C, illnesses more often the result of lifestyle choices, and other lifestyle choices: heavy use of alcohol, smoking and obesity.
The report noted that each year now in Canada the rate of liver cancer's rise is by 3.6% in men and by 1.7% in women. There are recommendations in the report, including education, hepatitis B and C screening and ongoing research.
“It’s important to draw attention to the rising incidence and death rates for liver cancer so that we can tackle this important public health problem,” Dr Prithwish De, epidemiologist with the Canadian Cancer Society, said in the report. “The good news is that liver cancer is largely preventable by modifying risk factors.”