Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Liver Cancer Risk

Experts at the National Institute of Cancer have found that developing metabolic syndrome increases the risk of liver cancer as well. The results of their study are presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held in Orlando, Florida from April 2-6, 2011.

High blood pressure, high waist circumference, low HDL, raised triglyceride levels and blood sugar level prior to taking foods are some of the parameters associated with this syndrome. If a person has this condition if three or more of these factors are present in the body. In the United States, one-third of the population has this condition.

The syndrome was earlier known to be associated with the increased risk of heart ailments and diabetes. The findings of the present research raise concern because not much has been achieved in the prognosis of liver cancer over cancer in the surrounding ailments like pancreas in the last 10 years.

Among the participants of the study, 37.1 percent of them had hepatocellular carcinoma and 29.7 percent of patients had intraheptic carcinoma along with pre-existing metabolic syndrome.

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