Liver Cancer in Young People: What Leads to its Development?

Unhealthy Lifestyles and Rising Liver Cancer Rates among Young People in Vietnam: Addressing the Epidemic through Awareness and Prevention

Recent studies have revealed a rising rate of liver cancer among young people in Vietnam, and Dr. Vu Truong Khanh, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology at Tam Anh General Hospital in Hanoi, has highlighted the factors contributing to this trend.

One of the primary causes is unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet, environmental pollution, lack of exercise, and inadequate sleep habits. These habits can lead to fatty liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and ultimately liver cancer. Dr. Khanh emphasized the importance of addressing these lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of developing liver diseases and cancer.

Alcohol abuse is another significant contributor to liver cancer in young people. Prolonged alcohol consumption can lead to severe consequences such as cirrhosis complicated by esophageal bleeding in patients who have consumed alcohol excessively over time.

Obesity and genetic factors can also contribute to the development of liver cancer. Young individuals who consume processed foods high in fat and salt place additional strain on their livers.

Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and improved outcomes for liver cancer patients. However, initial stages may present with nonspecific symptoms like fatigue, yellow urine, and liver discomfort.

If left untreated, liver cancer can progress to more advanced stages with severe symptoms such as itching, jaundice, weight loss, pain in the upper abdomen, enlarged liver, and ascites.

Regular screening is recommended for individuals at high risk of developing liver cancer. This includes those with a family history of the disease, viral infections like hepatitis B or C

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