Liver cancer

Noticing symptoms

Liver cancer

Noticing symptoms

Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Examples of symptoms are having a cough, a pain or a lump.  

Symptoms can be caused by many illnesses, not just cancer, but it is always best to have them checked out by a GP. 

What you need to know

Liver cancer symptoms

Some people with liver cancer have no symptoms early in their illness. Others have vague symptoms that can seem like other illnesses.

Symptoms that can be caused by liver cancer include:

  • feeling tired and weak
  • discomfort or bloating in the abdomen
  • a lump on the right of the abdomen
  • pain in the right side of the abdomen, right shoulder or upper back
  • weight loss that can’t be explained
  • loss of appetite and feeling sick (nausea)
  • yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • itchy skin
  • dark urine
  • pale faeces
  • a swollen abdomen
  • a fever.
Most symptoms are not caused by cancer, but if you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP.

Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. Cancers that are diagnosed early can be easier to treat.

Next steps

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. 

Remember, cancers that are found earlier can be easier to treat.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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