World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
Hep B and C are key causes of primary liver cancer – the 2nd most common cancer in the world.
WHO estimates that 788,000 people die from primary liver cancer every year. More than half of these deaths (60%) are caused by the long-term consequences of Hep B and C infections: 43% are attributable to chronic Hep B and 17% to chronic Hep C.
An effective response requires the timely prevention and early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of Hep B and C. Hep B vaccination is highly effective, while harm reduction services can reduce the risks of Hep B and C infection.
To eliminate hepatitis and prevent cancer deaths, actions must be taken in global and national leadership; expansion of effective prevention, testing, and treatment programs; and adequate resources for hepatitis and cancer.
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