August 17, 2020
- Hepatitis is a disease. which causes inflammation of the liver.
- There are 3 main types of hepatitis, A, B, and C. Their effects range from not usually serious(A) to serious (C). Rarer forms of hepatitis include hepatitis D, E and autoimmune hepatitis.
- one in twenty people will have been exposed to hepatitis B. More likely than not, someone you know will have hepatitis B even though they may display no obvious symptoms.
- “Being infected is like having a time bomb inside you. You don’t know when it is going to go off or if it is going to go off.”
- Most people don’t know they have it until they get sick. There is a lot of ignorance about hepatitis B and a lot of stigmas associated with this disease. People with hepatitis B can get liver cancer and there is a strong link between them. The hepatitis virus repeatedly attacks the liver causing damage which can result in liver cancer.
- Hepatitis B accounts for about 80% of liver cancer cases; more than half a million people die from liver cancer each year. Worldwide, hepatitis B is the third most common cause of death from cancer in males; across gender, it is the seventh most common cause of death from cancer.