If a member of your family is diagnosed with liver cancer, you are naturally concerned, in the first instance, about the person affected by this disease. Later, however, other concerns will often also start to play on your mind. Is it hereditary? Will I get it too? Can I do anything to reduce the risk?
At iGene we deal with heredity and prevention on a daily basis and help you find answers to these kinds of questions.
Liver cancer describes a situation in which a malignant tumour develops primarily in the liver. It is an uncommon form of cancer in the Western world. However, it is not uncommon for other tumours to spread to the liver (secondary liver cancer). In many cases the initial symptoms of liver cancer do not appear until a late stage. The prognosis depends on the stage of the disease, but is generally not good.
Genetic predisposition to liver cancer
Your personal risk of liver cancer depends on various factors. One of these is your DNA, but environmental factors and lifestyle also play an important role. To make a statement about your genetic predisposition, we examine mutations (changes or errors) in your DNA.
Preventing liver cancer
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of liver cancer. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent liver cancer. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you.
Want to reduce your risk of liver cancer?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of a large number of hereditary conditions, including liver cancer. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of liver cancer, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk.
A healthy lifestyle thanks to your iGene Passport
For as long as you are using iGene you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. That means that if important discoveries are made in the future that will help you take even more effective steps to prevent liver cancer, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.