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Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma) (cont.)

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Can bile duct cancer be prevented?

Since the cause of bile duct cancer is uncertain, specific preventions do not exist. However, preventing liver inflammation and cirrhosis may decrease the risk of developing this cancer. This includes moderating the use of alcohol, being vaccinated for the hepatitis B virus and abstaining from risky behaviors that might cause infection with hepatitis C.

As with all diseases that tend to develop at an older age, living a healthy lifestyle may extend lifespan as well. This includes not smoking, eating a balanced diet, keeping physically active, and maintaining a healthy weight.

REFERENCES:

Edge, Stephen B., et al. AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th Edition. Chicago, IL: Springer, 2010.

National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. 2013.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2013

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