Doctors fear habits to deal with epidemic stress, which can lead to long-term health problems including liver cancer

ORANGE (KABC) – Doctors fear that the things people are experiencing from epidemic stress can lead to many long-term health consequences. And liver cancer is a top concern.When Anaheim’s Lorena Lechuga underwent a weight loss procedure, doctors found a two-pound tumor in her liver.

Lechuga said, “I was only 39 years old when this happened to me … All I did was pray and ask the doctors to do it for me.”His physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, Drs. Hisham El-Bayer says that many people find that they have liver cancer when they need medical treatment for something else. Cases have climbed by 75% worldwide since 1990.

Dr. El-Bayer stated, “Due to hepatitis B and hepatitis C, there is a significant number of people at risk.

COVID-19 is having an effect: Studies show that alcohol consumption is increasing. Another concern? Dr. El-Bayer says that people are putting on the epidemic pound and this can lead to fatty liver disease and eventually liver cancer.

“It’s really become an epidemic, and it’s about getting ahead of all other causes,” Dr. El-Baer said.

“I have been suffering from any type of cancer in my family on behalf of my mother and my father,” said Lechuga.

After surgery, she underwent oral chemotherapy for three years and still regularly undergoes liver scans.

“The treatment goes anywhere from surgery which is either the most ideal thing to do to remove a tumor or liver transplant if you can reach that point,” Dr. El-Baer said.

Dr. El-Bayer says that it will take years to see the effects on the liver caused by people’s behaviors during this epidemic. But his advice: Now make healthy choices and be aware.

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