What are the tests to detect liver cancer in high-risk people?
People with long-standing cirrhosis may be at high risk of developing liver cancer. The physician may perform tests to identify liver cancer if a patient’s cirrhosis exacerbates for no apparent reason. Other reasons for categorizing people into high-risk groups include
- Hereditary hemochromatosis
- Chronic hepatitis B infection
People with high risk should carry out the following tests every six months to improve survival rates from liver cancer:
- Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood tests: AFP is a protein that can be measured in the blood of patients with liver cancer. However, it isn’t an optimal test for liver cancer because many patients with early liver cancer have normal AFP levels.