Liver cancer affects more than 800,000 people worldwide per year and death rates from the disease have risen 2% since 2007, according to the American Cancer Society.
Liver cancer is on the rise worldwide and is three times more common in men than in women, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2019, the ACS estimates nearly 32,000 people will die of liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancers, 21,600 being men and 12,550 being women.
While genetics can play a role in determining if one will get cancer, experts say healthy lifestyle choices can provide aid in prevention.
In honor of October being Liver Cancer Awareness Month, the ACS recommends avoiding the following to help aid in prevention of liver cancer:
• excessive alcohol use;
• sharing needles in drug use;
• mixing alcohol and medications;
• tattoos or body piercings; and
• unprotected sex.