How can you prevent liver cancer?
While you can’t completely prevent liver cancer, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting liver cancer:
- Avoid behaviors that lead to cirrhosis. Do not drink alcoholically. Reach or maintain a healthy weight to prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Get a hepatitis B vaccine. This vaccine is safe for nearly everyone. Ask your doctor about the hepatitis A vaccine.
- Avoid getting hepatitis C by practicing safe sex, not using IV drugs, and refusing to get a tattoo or piercing from any tattoo shop that can’t prove to you that they use clean needles. If you do use IV drugs, do not share needles or use needles that aren’t clean.
- Ask your doctor about how often you should have liver cancer screenings if you have any type of liver disease. Also, ask about screenings if you are a heavy drinker, have diabetes or weigh more than is recommended.