First, know that liver cancer rates are increasing
Liver cancer is fairly rare at approximately 2,000 new cases each year in Canada, but it’s one of the fastest rising cancers in the country. Liver cancer symptoms don’t usually show until the cancer has reached advanced stages, so regular screenings could be key to survival rates.
“If we have somebody with regular screenings and it looks like cancer, we can cure them, versus if they have an advanced disease that has spread beyond the liver,” says Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD, medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “We prefer not to see patients with symptoms.”