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Liver Cancer Awareness Month – October 2023

Every October, we stand united for #LiverCancerAwarenessMonth, and EASL is proud to support this vital campaign. This month is a significant opportunity to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for liver health on a global scale. It serves as a reminder that by working together, we can make a profound impact in the fight against liver cancer. We are committed to advancing knowledge, improving prevention and early detection, and enhancing treatment options to improve the lives of those affected by this challenging disease. Join us in spreading the message of hope, knowledge, and action throughout October and beyond. Together, we can create a brighter future in the battle against liver cancer. 

The Global Impact

In 2020, 905,700 individuals were diagnosed with liver cancer, and 830,200 lost their lives to this devastating disease. Shockingly, liver cancer ranked among the top three causes of cancer-related deaths in 46 countries. Without action, cases could rise by 55% from 2020 to 2040.

We are here to spread the word!

Understanding Liver Cancers

Liver cancers originate in different liver cells, and understanding them is crucial for early detection and treatment.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC): The most common type in adults, starting in hepatocytes, the primary liver cells.
– Cholangiocarcinoma: The second most common, originating in cholangiocytes, lining the bile ducts.
– Angiosarcoma & Hemangiosarcoma: Rare cancers from blood vessels within the liver, less common but equally important.
– Hepatoblastoma: A rare liver cancer affecting children under 4 years old, requiring special attention and care. 

Knowledge is power for early diagnosis and better outcomes.

Treatment Options

The approach depends on the stage:

– Early Stages: Surgical or percutaneous therapies aim to remove or destroy the tumor while preserving healthy liver tissue.
– Intermediate Stages: Intra-arterial therapies deliver treatment directly to the tumor via blood vessels, targeting cancer cells precisely.
– Advanced Stages: Systemic therapies tackle cancer throughout the body.
– Ablation, embolisation therapy, targeted therapies, and even transplantation can be part of a personalised treatment plan.

Early detection and personalisation make a world of difference.

Get involved!

There are plenty of ways you can get involved in Liver Cancer Awareness Month!


Face the facts! 

Find out why liver cancer is a significant global health threat, and learn more about prevention, treatment and prevalence of the disease. 

Understanding the risk factors

  • Chronic Viral Infections: Hepatitis B and C are major contributors. Regular screenings and vaccinations offer protection.
  • Environmental Factors: Excessive alcohol use and a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk. Moderation and physical activity are vital.
  • Dietary Habits: A balanced diet can reduce the risk.
  • Metabolic Disorders: Obesity and diabetes are linked to liver cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight and managing these conditions can make a difference.



Understanding the risk factors of liver cancer is essential for early detection and prevention.

Prevention is the best protection

  • Early Detection: Regular check-ups can catch liver issues early.
  • Fighting Chronic Liver Diseases: Manage conditions like hepatitis and cirrhosis to reduce the risk.
  • HBV Vaccination: Protect yourself and your loved ones with the hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Treating HCV: Seek treatment if you have hepatitis C, a crucial step towards liver health.
  • Moderate Alcohol: Limit alcohol consumption to reduce liver strain.
  • Get Moving: Physical activity promotes a healthy liver.
  • Balanced Diet: Opt for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for liver wellness.

Preventing liver cancer is within our reach. Share these tips and join the fight for a healthier tomorrow!

Explore the EASL educational resources on liver tumours

1,800+ educational resources are available on EASL Campus to help further your knowledge on liver tumours.

Watch interviews and debates on liver tumours, with experts who share their perspectives on the latest science in clinical practice, prevention, and patient care.

EASL Studio Policy Dialogues episodes showcase the policy stakes at the European & global level for liver health. Discover the policy dialogues about liver tumours.

Wishing you a successful and impactful Liver Cancer Awareness Month!

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