Liver cancer rates are on the rise in men in Scotland

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Liver cancer rates are on the rise in men in Scotland

A recently published paper has revealed that liver cancer rates in the UK are on the rise, doubling over the past 20 years between 1997 and 2017, with the highest rates seen in men in Scotland.

Liver cancer is caused by factors such as obesity, smoking, and chronic viral hepatitis. And although liver cancer only accounted for around 2% of all cancer cases in Scotland in 2017, rates are increasing more rapidly than almost any other cancer type in the UK.

These results can be alarming, but both obesity, and the liver diseases related to it are both preventable and reversible, according to Dr Tom Bird, an honorary consultant hepatologist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Survival rates of those who have had the disease has also increased in the past 20 years. According to the study, “the proportion of people surviving their liver cancer for 1, 2 and 5 years increased by around 2 times over the study period.”

The link between obesity and liver cancer is also why there has been a greater push for legislation to be brought forward by the Scottish government to help people live healthier lives, such as banning price promotions on junk food in supermarkets. Professor Linda Bauld, a Cancer Research UK prevention expert based at the University of Edinburgh said: “It’s clear from this study that action is still urgently needed to help us all lead healthier lives.”

Exercising is one of the best ways to help lead a healthier life style. Whether this means going for a brisk walk, or a run, getting out there and moving your body is one of the best ways to look after yourself.

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To read more about the study head to: www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/news-report/2021-04-09-livercancer-rates-in-the-uk-are-highest-amongst-men-in-scotland

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