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A sign is something that can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional (for example, a rash). A symptom is something that only the person experiencing it can feel and know (for example, pain or tiredness). Liver cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages, especially in people who have liver cirrhosis (scarring caused by liver disease). The liver is a large organ and can function normally even with a large tumour. Symptoms appear once the tumour grows into surrounding tissues and organs. Some people with advanced liver cancer may not have any symptoms.
The signs and symptoms of liver cancer can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor.
Signs and symptoms of liver cancer include:
Rare signs and symptoms of liver cancer are:
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