Liver cancer signs mistaken for indigestion

01/6​Identifying warning signs isn’t easy​

The liver is the football-sized organ in the upper-right area of the stomach. Liver cancer begins in the cells of the liver. Like any other disease, the sooner you identify you could be having liver cancer, the earlier you can seek help. However, symptoms may not appear until the later stages, making it especially risky and deadly. Here is more about the potential warning signs of liver cancer.


02/6​Signs which can be mistaken for indigestion​

Indigestion refers to discomfort after eating. Here are two common symptoms of liver cancer that could be mistaken for indigestion:

  • Feeling very full after a small meal
  • Nausea or vomiting


03/6​These signs do not necessarily mean cancer​

Many of the above mentioned symptoms are more likely to be caused by other health conditions too, instead of just cancer. Still, if you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to have them checked by a doctor.


04/6​Other common symptoms​

Liver cancer can also result in several other symptoms. These include

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • An enlarged liver, felt as fullness under the ribs on the right side
  • An enlarged spleen, felt as fullness under the ribs on the left side
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Pain near the right shoulder blade
  • Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
  • Itching
  • Jaundice​


05/6​Clearer signs of indigestion​

Indigestion can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Common causes include eating too much, drinking too much, food intolerance or taking pills on an empty stomach. Here are some other signs of indigestion that you could experience:

  • Heartburn – a painful burning feeling in the chest, usually after eating
  • Burping and farting
  • Bringing up food or bitter-tasting fluids into your mouth


06/6​Impact of liver cancer on body​

If liver cancer develops in your body, it can lead to high blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia). This can lead to nausea, confusion, constipation, weakness, or muscle problems. Liver cancer can also result in low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia), which can cause fatigue or fainting.

Breast enlargement (gynecomastia) and/or shrinkage of the testicles in men can also result due to liver cancer. High counts of red blood cells (erythrocytosis) can cause one to look red and flushed. Lastly, liver cancer can also result in high cholesterol levels.

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