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Baby Boomers may be young at
heart—but they are also the group
most at risk for hepatitis C. Hepatitis
C is the leading cause of liver can-
cer, liver transplants and death from
liver disease. In fact, the Centers
for Disease Control urges anyone
born between 1945 and 1965 to ask
their physician for a hepatitis C test.
Hepatitis C-related deaths are on the
rise, with 7,000 to 15,000 deaths at-
tributed to the virus each year.
About 3 million people in the
U.S. are living with the infection,
according to the CDC. Most of
them don’t know how or when they
contracted the virus, which is usu-
ally spread through contact with an
infected person’s blood.
Even if you don’t feel sick, you
may still be infected. Only a simple,
one-time blood test can tell you for
sure. If you do test positive for the
virus, help is available. Treatment
usually lasts about 6 to9 months and
is effective at preventing further liver
damage in the majority of patients.
Article provided by Quest
Diagnostics. For more information
on Hepatitis C virus screening,
visit QuestDiagnostics.com/HepC.
Hepatitis C
A Growing Threat for Baby Boomers
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