Harvard Health Letter

Hepatitis C screening could be critical

All baby boomers—everyone born between 1945 and 1965—should be tested for hepatitis C. That's because an estimated 1.5 million of them have hepatitis C but don't know it. This viral infection attacks the liver and can lead to cirrhosis, which leaves the liver scarred and functioning poorly. It can also lead to liver failure or liver cancer. Early detection is important because drug therapy can hold the infection at bay. New treatments for hepatitis C are more powerful and come with fewer side effects than older ones.
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