Liver cancer symptoms and signs don’t often show up in the initial stages of the illness, but sometimes could as well show the indications sooner. When you visit the doctor as soon as you experience the symptoms, if it is caused by cancer then that might be diagnosed promptly and with much ease when treatment options are still helpful.

Common Symptoms Of Liver Cancer

Loss of Weight: When you are not dieting well, you will experience weight loss. According to doctors, a significant weight loss is when you lose more than ten percent of the body weight. If you are losing weight and cannot explain why this is happening, then you need to see a doctor to find out the cause. (1)

Swollen Belly (Abdomen): There are two primary reasons why people with liver cancer may have swollen belly. First, it’s because the liver itself develops and grows bigger as cancer grows. The swollen abdomen may lead to swelling of the stomach on the side. Second, it is because of fluid buildup leading to general swelling of the tummy, also referred to as ascites.

When liver cancer happens, the liver enlarges and becomes congested causing fluid to build up. The fluid jams the blood vessels in the liver as well as the normal blood that flows through it, so the blood is backed up in veins. Pressure then rises in the veins, and due to that the fluid then starts to leak from veins into the abdomen causing the swelling. (2)

These veins may begin to grow in size to the extent that it becomes visible on the surface of the skin. Also, the fluid leaks out into the stomach (abdominal) cavity if the liver cannot make blood proteins as it should.

Jaundice: Jaundice is the yellowing of the eyes (white area of the eyes) and skin. The other effect of this disease is that it makes the skin to itch to mean your liver isn’t functioning the right way or there may be some blockage of the bile duct.

Other Symptoms Of Liver Cancer

When you experience some discomfort or pain in the abdomen (tummy), it is likely because the liver got larger. Also, one may start to experience pain in the right shoulder. This happens because of the enlarged liver that stimulates nerves beneath the diaphragm, which connect to the nerves in the right shoulder. (3)

When you notice the following, they could indicate the presence of skin cancer:

  • Appetite loss for a considerable length of time, i.e., more than a few weeks
  • Being sick from time to time
  • Bloating or feeling full after meals, even after just a small portion of meal
  • Frequent itching
  • Unexpected health worsening in persons with well-known chronic cirrhosis or hepatitis
  • Fever


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