Two new studies from the Mayo Clinic find that hepatitis B and C infection and obesity could be to blame for a surge in liver cancer cases, which have tripled over the last 30 years.
If you want to keep a healthy liver, you need to keep your weight in trim. It’s vital—for this reason and all the other reasons I’ve explained. If you already have hepatitis C, you need to get it fixed. The best we have to date is reducing body load, to help your immune system, a major heavy metal detox and complex homeopathy (homotoxicology).
Injectable licorice root has also got some reasonable science, showing that it helps with hepatitis C (don’t eat the candy junk in American stores; it’s not licorice but flavored with anise). You want glycyrrhizin. But this compound may have unwanted side effects, such as raised blood pressure, lowered potassium levels, and salt and water retention when taken in large amounts. Ironically, it can be liver-toxic.
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I’m not talking about cancer metastases to the liver (spread from elsewhere). This is about primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or liver cancer. In the later stages it has only a 10 percent to 12 percent five-year survival rate, according to figures in a Mayo news release.
The researchers examined several decades of medical information from the Rochester Epidemiology Project — a national database on inpatient and outpatient care. Although the U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates the rate of HCC is 5.1 cases per 100,000 people, the new study found a higher rate of 6.9 per 100,000. People are getting liver cancer as a result of scarring from hepatitis C after delays of 20 or even 30 years.
Patients in their 50s and 60s are being diagnosed, who didn’t even know they had had hepatitis C. If you’ve led the high risk life, you need to get checked. Don’t wait till you start to turn yellow!
A slightly higher risk factor for HCC liver cancer was found to be obesity, particularly fatty liver disease. If this is correct, we expect to see a dramatic rise in liver cancer in the coming years.
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[SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Jan. 3, 2012]