Liver Cancer Awareness Color: Emerald Green
Liver Cancer Awareness Month: October
October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month. Green ribbons are used to designate Liver Cancer Awareness.
The liver can be affected by primary liver cancer, which arises in the liver, or by cancer which forms in other sites and then spreads to the liver. Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic, meaning it started elsewhere in the body. Primary liver cancer, which starts in the liver, accounts for about 2% of cancers in the U.S., but up to half of all cancers in some undeveloped countries. This is mainly due to the prevalence of hepatitis, caused by contagious viruses, that predisposes a person to liver cancer. In the U.S., primary liver cancer strikes twice as many men as women, at an average age of 67.
Definition of liver cancer: Primary liver cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the liver. Secondary liver cancer is cancer that spreads to the liver from another part of the body. Estimated new cases and deaths from liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer in the United States in 2014: • New cases: 33,190 • Deaths: 23,000