Wednesday, July 26, 2017

World Hepatitis Day is on July 28

Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF)

Hepatitis C affects approximately 300,000 Canadians - and 44% of those affected are unaware.

That is why Hepatitis C is commonly referred to as a silent disease -- often no symptoms appear until the liver is severely damaged, and can lead to liver disease, cancer, and death.
  • According to a 2016 survey, over 80 per cent are unaware of this increased risk, and only 25 per cent have been tested.
  • Canadian Liver Foundation’s recent survey also uncovered that 35% of Canadians don’t know what steps to take to get tested. 
  • Take the Hepatitis Risk Assessment quiz. 

Canadians born between 1945-1975 should get tested as per a recommendation issued by the Canadian Liver Foundation because:

  • Those born between 1945 and 1975 are up to five times more likely to be infected by hepatitis C than other adults.
  • Those who might be infected might not know because there may be no symptoms.
  • Many infected people live up to 20 or 30 years without ever feeling sick.
  • Hepatitis C can be contracted through contact with the blood of an infected person, but those infected by an infected individual might not be remember or know when this could have happened.
  • There are new treatments available that can cure hepatitis C and prevent further liver damage.
  • To access our Publication Library or to order some of our materials, click here. 

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus that attacks the liver. It is known as a silent disease because often no symptoms appear until the liver is severely damaged. Many people who are infected never feel sick and/or recover completely - whereas others experience brief, acute illness with fatigue, loss of appetite, and jaundice. Some people cannot fight the virus and develop chronic hepatitis, which can lead to cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver failure and/or liver cancer.

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