You usually begin by seeing your GP. They will ask about your symptoms and examine you.
Your GP will usually take blood samples to check your general health and may arrange other tests, such as an ultrasound. They will refer you to a hospital for specialist advice. If your GP suspects you may have cancer, you should see a specialist within two weeks.
If you are already seeing a liver specialist (hepatologist) because you have chronic liver disease, you may be diagnosed through having tests. People with liver cirrhosis usually have regular blood tests and ultrasound scans to monitor their liver. These tests can help to diagnose HCC at an earlier stage.