Whenever you think about your liver, imagine a recycling plant that functions to maintain a stable balance between getting rid of “trash” or toxins in your body and processing and storing highly essential nutrients which your body can use, including a variety of important proteins.
Without a doubt, the liver is one of the busiest and most essential organs of your body. Unfortunately, the cells in the liver are also susceptible to undergo changes. Cancerous liver cells, known as hepatocellular carcinoma, form liver cancer.
According to the National Cancer Centre Singapore, liver cancer is the 6th most common cancer in the world and it is the 4th most common cancer among men in Singapore. It affects about 22 individuals in every 100,000 people a year. If left untreated, most patients do not live beyond six months.
How do you know when you may need to go for liver cancer screening? How is liver cancer screening in Singapore carried out?
It is recommended that you go for liver cancer screening if you have one or more of these risk factors:
Much of liver cancer screening in Singapore and elsewhere in the world is still under investigation. However, there are methods of evaluation that are recommended to high-risk groups. These are:
According to the Ministry of Health, these methods of liver cancer screening in Singapore may benefit the targeted groups who demonstrate high risk factors of developing liver cancer. It is recommended that these evaluations be performed at six months interval or more frequently if the risk factors are higher.
Because surgery is the only known effective method for treating liver cancer, it is important for you to see your doctor immediately for liver cancer screening if you are an established hepatitis B or C carrier or if you have liver cirrhosis.
Early detection can lead to earlier surgery and better chances of surviving this fatal disease. Talk to your doctor about liver cancer screening in Singapore today.