Ahead of World Hepatitis Day this Saturday, the Cancer Council of Victoria has warned that without more intervention, Australia’s deaths from hepatitis B-related liver cancer will triple from 2008 levels within five years. Chris Enright of the CCA’s Cancer Prevention Center said more money is needed for awareness campaigns, research, and treatment. “The comparatively low costs of managing hepatitis B appropriately now will be far exceeded by the burden of a boom in liver cancer on our health care system in coming years,” she said. An estimated one-third of people with hepatitis B do not realize they are infected.
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