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Liver cancer - Symptoms of liver cancer

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Cancer of the liver does not usually cause  noticeable symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage.

These symptoms include:

  • unexplained weight loss
  • loss of appetite that lasts longer than a week
  • feeling very full after eating, even if the meal was small
  • feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting
  • swelling of your abdomen (tummy)
  • jaundice - yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
  • itchy skin
  • feeling very tired and weak

When to seek medical advice

Visit your GP if you are notice any of the symptoms listed above. Although they are more likely to be the result of a more common condition, such as an infection, rather than liver cancer, it's best to have them checked.

Also, you should contact your GP if you have previously been diagnosed with a condition known to affect the liver, such as cirrhosis or a hepatitis C infection, and your health suddenly deteriorates.

Medical Review: September 18, 2012
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