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Liver cancer warning

>> Friday, August 28, 2009

The Straits Times, Aug 20, 2009
By April Chong

DOCTORS here are raising the alert that as more people suffer from metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity, this could become the next leading cause of liver cancer.

An increasingly affluent lifestyle will up the number of people with fatty liver condition, raising the risk of liver cancer, said Dr Chow Wan Cheng, head of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Singapore General Hospital.

Fatty liver occurs when fat is deposited in the liver cells, and this can cause inflammation and scarring of the liver.

Excessive alcohol intake is another cause of liver damage and cancer.

Liver cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the world.




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