Liver cancer describes a situation in which a malignant tumour develops primarily in the liver. It is an uncommon form of cancer in the Western world. However, it is not uncommon for other tumours to spread to the liver (secondary liver cancer). In many cases the initial symptoms of liver cancer do not appear until a late stage. The prognosis depends on the stage of the disease, but is generally not good.
Liver cancer and heredity
The risk of liver cancer is determined to some extent by hereditary factors. To date it has been scientifically proven that a number of genes play a role in this. On the basis of your DNA it is therefore possible to see clearly whether you have an increased or reduced risk of liver cancer.
Preventing liver cancer
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of liver cancer. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent liver cancer. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you.
Want to reduce the risk of liver cancer?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of a large number of hereditary diseases, including liver cancer. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of liver cancer, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk.
iGene: live a happier life thanks to the latest scientific insights
If you make use of the iGene message service, you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. That means that if important discoveries are made in the future that will help you to reduce the risk of liver cancer even further, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.