According to a recent study, regular exercise may reduce the risk of liver cancer.
The research involved two groups of mice that were fed a control diet and a high fat diet, which were then divided into separate exercise and sedentary groups.
The exercise groups were made to run on a motorised treadmill for 60 minutes per day, five days a week.
The mean number and volume of HCC tumours per liver was also reduced in the exercise group compared to the sedentary group.
EASL's Educational Councillor Prof. Jean-Francois Dufour said that the data showed significant benefit of regular exercise on the development of HCC and exercise reduced the level of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in mice receiving a high-fat diet.
Dufour said "The results could eventually lead to some very tangible benefits for people staring down the barrel of liver cancer and I look forward to seeing human studies in this important area in the future."
"The prognosis for liver cancer patients is often bleak as only a proportion of patients are suitable for potentially curative treatments so any kind of positive news in this arena is warmly welcomed," he added.