Untreated Viral Hepatitis Leads To Liver Cancer – Part 3 of 3
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. “Ask your doctor for vaccination for hepatitis B, and appeal if you should be screened for hepatitis B or C”. According to Dr Eugene Schiff, director of the Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma is leading to prevent cancer, and diagnosing cancer early is essential to successfully treating it.
So “Unfortunately, the majority of cases that are referred in with a diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma, it’s already too far advanced”. Public cultivation campaigns are key because most people with hepatitis don’t know it, added an infectious disease expert, Dr Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.
This should take in a massive vaccination campaign against hepatitis B. Eventually, a vaccine for hepatitis C will be developed, “but it won’t be anytime soon”. For now, impeding is the only way to stop hepatitis C from spreading treatment. Since it is commonly spread through sexual contact, “cutting down on the number of partners and using a condom – these are the main protections”.