Doctors in the UAE are warning of an increase in patients suffering from liver cancer
21 October 2018| Last updated on 22 October 2018
In the month of cancer awareness, it’s important to keep your health in check no matter what
And this is extremely important in the UAE as doctors are reporting an increasing number of patients who are diagnosed with fatty livers, which could eventually lead to liver cancer.
With the increasing number of fatty liver diagnosis – this might become the UAE’s number one reason for liver transplants in the country.
Doctors also warn that if a lifestyle change does not prompt someone diagnosed with a fatty liver, then their condition may lead to cirrhosis or even liver cancer.
Which means that an unhealthy lifestyle may be the most prominent cause in the UAE – doctors also pointed out that 30% of people in the GCC have fatty livers.
While most cases don’t progress to cirrhosis or liver cancer – some do and can be at risk of liver failure…some doctors even report receiving 5-10 liver cancer cases a month.
Causes of fatty liver
An unhealthy diet is not the only cause of liver cancer – patients may develop this disease due to Hepatitis B and C. However, these cause are on the decline thanks to anti-virus agents.
This number is also expected to increase in the future with the rise of viral infections and unhealthy habits, especially with people who suffer from obesity.
Symptoms of liver cancer
Unfortunately, there are no specific early symptoms of liver cancer in patients, which explains why liver cancer is usually diagnosed much later.
Some broad diagnosis may point out to liver issues, including:
- Unexpected weightloss
- Poor appetite
- Yellow-ness to the skin and eyes
- Abdominal swelling and pain
However, regular screenings, healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle may help reduce the chances of getting fatty livers.