CHICAGO – May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and with over 4 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis B and C, the need for awareness is vital.
Hepatitis B and C are among the leading causes of liver cancer in the United States, yet both are preventable with vaccines and curable with prescribed treatment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all adults through age 59, as well as adults age 60 or older with risk factors, get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. Those aged 60 or older without risk factors can still opt for vaccination.
Alarmingly, two-thirds of people with hepatitis B and 40% of those with hepatitis C are unaware of their infection, making awareness campaigns critical in detecting and treating these viruses.
Stay informed this Hepatitis Awareness Month and take preventive measures to safeguard your liver health.