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Liver cancer is increasing because of unhealthy lifestyle: Dr M S Vishveshwara

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Mysuru: “Liver cancer is raising because of unhealthy lifestyle”, said Dr M S Vishveshwara, Chief Radiation Oncologist and Medical Superintendent of Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology.

Speaking on the occasion of World Liver Day on April 19, Dr Vishveshwara said “World Liver Day is observed to create awareness about healthy liver and draw attention to liver related diseases. This day is celebrated to raise awareness about liver health among common people and focuses on health issues related to liver”.

Liver is one of the most important and second largest organ of our body. It performs important functions like processing food, alcohol and other toxic materials, helps in digestion, protein synthesis, stores vitamins and minerals and detoxifies the body. So it is extremely important to take care of our liver because if not taken proper care it can open to risks like Hepatitis C or even liver cancer. Liver cancer is a cancer that begins in liver cells. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carnoma which begins in the main type of liver cells.

He also mentioned that Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology, an exclusive hospital which treats cancer patients who come from not only from across the state but also from other states and even countries is also well equipped to provide quality treatment for liver cancer.

“Liver disease seems to have become a lifestyle disease in India with more cases of liver disorder being reported on a daily basis. Over 10 lakh new patients are diagnosed every year in India with chronic liver disease and still people are not sensitized about liver disease and ways to prevent them. One third of liver cancer in India is caused by hepatitis C.

Everything we consume including medicine passes through the liver. It fights infections, regulates blood sugar, removes toxins, controls cholesterol, making proteins and releases bile to help digestion. We cannot survive without the liver; it can be easily damaged if we don’t take proper care. Bad food habits are the route cause of Fatty liver and further Cirrhotic liver disease. This again has high risk in developing into malignancy. Gastroenterologists, Oncologists and Nutritionists are striving hard to reduce the incidence”, added Dr Vishveshwara.

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