October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month
Every year, ~87.000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer, while approximately 78.000 people sadly pass away to this disease, putting liver cancer in the seventh position of the most frequent cancer-related cause of death in Europe.
During the month of October DiCE is highlighting the signs and symptoms of this cancer along with the key facts on prevention and treatment. This includes the fact that it can be challenging to diagnose due to lack of early symptoms, and difficult to treat due to its complexity particularly as many patients also have a second disease – cirrhosis of the liver.
But we are optimistic. Many of the risk factors associated with liver cancer are preventable or modifiable.
To spread the word and mark the month, DiCE has produced a campaign to help raise awareness across Europe. This includes the launching of a White Paper, Liver Cancer No Patient Left Behind at a European policy event on October 26 together with its partner the European Liver Patients’ Association and the sharing of messages throughout the month on social media, inviting our Members to also spread the word in their countries. These materials are also supported by an liver cancer in Europe infographic and a health economic factsheet.