1 in 5 patients diagnosed with Liver Cancer in the U.S. is Hispanic
All people, without differentiating between young or adult, aspire to have good health and enjoy a good quality of life. However, instead of giving our health the importance it deserves we take these aspirations for granted thinking that we will always be healthy. As a matter of fact, just being Latino is reason enough for you to be on high alert. Why? Because Hispanics have a greater risk of suffering from Liver Cancer. Keep reading, here are some facts you can't ignore.
3 Factors that most commonly lead to Liver Cancer
If you are aware of what causes Liver Cancer, for sure you have an advantage. Though some factors are out of our control, others can be mitigated by us with willpower and determination.
- Underlying diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Hepatitis C, and Fatty Liver Disease.
- Lifestyle choices such as unbalanced diets, the sharing of needles, the use of tobacco, and the excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Ethnicity is also a factor because in the United States, Hispanics are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Nearly half of Hispanics live with fatty liver disease and don’t even know it. Hepatitis C is also common among older Hispanics that may contract it due to blood transfusions, organ donations, or sexual contact with an infected person.
Why it is important to be conscious about your health?
Dr. Mike Cusnir who serves as the Medical Director at Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami and Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology gives five easy tips that Hispanics must keep in mind that could save their lives:
- Know your risks: If you are Hispanic, consider this information and educate your friends and family.
- Make healthy choices: Make the lifestyle choices that will prevent any additional risks.
- Take action: If you believe you fall into the high-risk categories, contact your doctor and set up a physical assessment.
- Know your choices: If you get diagnosed, know your choices to see what would work best for you.
- Follow up: Always keep in touch with your doctor should any doubts arise and follow up with your treatment plan if given one.
Live online educational Liver Cancer event
If you want to learn more about why Hispanics may be at higher risk for liver cancer than other ethnicities, and what you can do about it. The live Online Educational Liver Cancer event was presented in Spanish, Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 pm ET. For more information on Liver Cancer, please visit www.LiverFirst.com/sp