Liver Cancer Symptoms

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Liver cancer presents a special challenge because you may not notice any symptoms when the disease is starting and in its early stages. In the United States, doctors usually discover signs of liver cancer when screening people for an underlying liver condition, such as chronic hepatitis.

If you do have symptoms, they may include:

  • yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • darkening of the urine
  • lightening in the color of the stool
  • an overall feeling of poor health or weakness
  • loss of usual appetite and weight loss
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • bloating
  • swelling of the legs and abdomen
  • generalized itching
  • pain or discomfort in your abdomen

Speak with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms so that you can be sure to get a proper diagnosis and treatment if needed.