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Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Day 2022

February 17, 2022

The Global Cholangiocarcinoma Alliance ┬áinvites the world to come together to ‘See CCA!’

Cholangiocarcinoma is a long word but one that we all should know.

World Cholangiocarcinoma Day is an international effort to raise much-needed awareness of cholangiocarcinoma, a devastating cancer that occurs in the bile ducts in or outside the liver. This poorly understood and under-researched disease is increasing in incidence globally – and the Global Cholangiocarcinoma Alliance believes collaboration is the way forward.

Chonalgiocarcinoma (CCA), also known as Bile Duct Cancer, is a cancer that affects the slender tubes that carry bile, the digestive fluid, through the liver. It is an aggressive form of cancer and can be caused by inflammatory diseases that scar the bile ducts, congenital conditions and diseases that result in the bile ducts being wider than usual, bile duct stones or gallstones, and viral diseases such as hepatitis B and C. Although bile duct cancer, is considered rare, worldwide it is the second most common primary liver cancer.

Symptoms include:
  • Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Intensely itchy skin
  • Stool that’s white in colour
Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
LiverWELL is dedicated to supporting those living with Cholangiocarcinoma and promoting health education, as well as general understanding of liver-related cancers.
To learn more about how you can help to support World Cholangiocarcinoma Day, visit the CCA website

 

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