Liver cancer rates among young people have been rising in recent years, with unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise being identified as contributing factors. According to Dr. Vu Truong Khanh, head of the gastroenterology department at Tam Anh General Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam has seen an estimated 24,500 new cases of liver cancer in 2022.

Alcohol abuse can lead to fatty liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis and ultimately liver cancer. Dr. Khan emphasized the serious consequences of prolonged alcohol consumption, citing cases of cirrhosis complicated by esophageal bleeding in patients who had consumed excessive alcohol over time. Additionally, obesity and genetic factors can also contribute to the development of liver cancer, especially in young people who consume processed foods high in fat and salt, which puts additional stress on the liver.

Early detection of liver cancer is critical for effective treatment and improved outcomes. However, the initial stages of the disease can be manifested by non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, yellow urine and discomfort in the liver, which makes diagnosis difficult. If left untreated, liver cancer can progress to more advanced stages with severe symptoms such as itching

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