Preventive measures: Hepatitis B,C leading cause of liver cancer

The event was attended by health consultants, doctors, medical students and citizens.


Our Correspondent May 29, 2013
Liver cancer is the fifth most diagnosed cancer globally and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, doctors stated at the seminar. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD:


Five million Pakistanis suffer from hepatitis B, which can lead to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) — the most common type of liver cancer — with or without cirrhosis, said Dr Muhammad Salih, of Shifa International Hospital on Wednesday.


According to a press release issued by the hospital, Dr Salih, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist by profession, was speaking at a seminar on liver cancer organised by the hospital in collaboration with the World Gastroenterology Organisation.

The event was attended by health consultants, doctors, medical students and citizens.

Liver cancer is the fifth most diagnosed cancer globally and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, doctors stated at the seminar.

The speakers stressed that as prevention from liver cancer and related diseases was easily possible, people must adopt them to avoid the disease.

Salih said liver cancer can be prevented by checking obesity, alcohol consumption, active screening for detecting hepatitis B and C, which can be caused through transmission of blood and bodily fluids.

He also advised caution when using syringes in hospitals and asked people to be wary of second hand medical instruments.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2013.

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