Liver cancer can be categorised as either primary or secondary. Primary liver cancer is cancer that starts in the liver, while secondary liver cancer starts elsewhere in the body and spreads (metastasises) to the liver.
This is the most common type is primary liver cancer, or hepatoma (also called hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC), seen in nine out of 10 cases.
In the UK, there are over 5,500 new cases of primary liver cancer diagnosed each year, which is around 15 patients each day.
It’s more common in men than in women for reasons that are not fully understood, but may be because liver disease in general is more common in men. It’s more likely to affect people over the age of 65 and is rare below the age of 45.Find out more
The exact cause of liver cancer is unknown, but most cases of liver cancer in the UK are linked to cirrhosis (damage and scarring) of the liver.
Love Your Liver materials
Our Love Your Liver campaign is focussed on raising awareness of the factors that increase your risk of liver disease and encouraging people to take the Love Your Liver screener.
Order Love Your Liver materials today to raise awareness here.
Liver Cancer Awareness Month
Raising funds for the British Liver Trust enables us to continue our vital work to raise awareness and support patients.
Perk up your liver for LCAM
On Thursday 31st October, staff and volunteers will get together for a coffee morning at our head office in Bournemouth, to support those affected by liver cancer. You can get involved too by holding your own Perk Up coffee break.
Raising just £60 at your coffee break could help us support the 16 people every day who are diagnosed with primary liver cancer – that’s 6,000 people a year.
Early bird offer!! The first 24 fundraisers to sign up and pledge to raise at least £60 will secure a fabulous reusable coffee cup, kindly donated by ecoffeecup – pledge now on Facebook to secure your cup today!
Sign up to a fundraising challenge
Share your story
I was first aware that I might have liver cancer in January 2015, when I was admitted to hospital in an emergency due to abdominal pain and jaundice.
Hearing from real people can bring to life what living with liver cancer is really like. Whether you or your loved one has been affected, your story can help others going through something similar and also raise awareness among those wishing to learn more about liver cancer.
You can read some of the people who have shared their experience with liver cancer by clicking here.
If you would like to share your story please click here. Your story may be helpful for others.