Liver Cancer Causes

The liver, located in the abdomen, under the right side of the diaphragm, is the largest gland in your body. It plays important roles: secretion of bile for digestion, controlling and storage of many sugars and fats, storing vitamins and nutrients, filtering toxins in the blood, and synthesizing proteins essential for blood clotting. In addition, the liver participates in the transformation and assimilation of many drugs in your body.

Liver cancer occurs when there is a transformation of normal cells (hepatocytes) into malignant. The causes of liver cancer are not well known; however, most of the times, the disease is caused by excessive consumption of alcohol and chronic liver infections, particularly hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection.

In developing countries in Asia and Africa, liver cancer is often the result of aflatoxin, a toxin that damages the liver, and prevents it from neutralizing even small amounts of isopropyl alcohol. Aflatoxin is also a carcinogen; it can lead to liver cancer. It is produced by various species of microscopic fungi (mycotoxins) that like to thrive on seeds conserved in warm and humid; the two most common are Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Those mycotoxins are found primarily on bread, nuts, fruits, beer, wine vinegar, apple cider and syrups.

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