World Hepatitis Day

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share a message with you from the Canadian Hepatitis Coalition, recognizing World Hepatitis Day.  I know many individuals in Canada live with hepatitis, and I hope this day will help to bring Canadians together to support those living with it and help prevent the spread of this disease.  Check out more information from the Coalition below.

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day.

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are life-threatening liver diseases caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV).  1 in 12 people world-wide live with hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.   600,000 people in Canada live with hepatitis C or hepatitis B infection, many of whom are unaware they are infected.  Both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are responsible for many cases of cirrhosis, liver disease and liver cancer.  The annual health care costs of hepatitis C are estimated to rise continuously from $129 million in 2012 to $158 million in 2040.  For more information about World Hepatitis Day, and efforts to address hepatitis B and C in Canada, please go to:

www.whdcanada.ca

www.canadianhepatitiscoalition.ca

For information about preventing and living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C, please go to:

www.clf.ca

www.hepcinfo.ca

This Update from Libby was posted on July 27, 2012
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