Monday, October 18, 2010

HCV,HBV,HIV and Liver Cancer Around The World

HCV, HBV, HIV, and Liver Cancer:
Around The World In Eight Paragraphs
Worldwide Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects an estimated 170 million persons worldwide and over 2 million persons in Japan
United States Over 4million people in the United States are infected with hepatitis C
Its Monday and for many people the hardest day of the week. The first news of the day is coming from an article written by Danny Rose in the "Sidney Morning Herald" an Australia paper, he wrote that "1050 Australians were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2009, this is the highest number in almost two decades". However, the Heraldsun reported , "in 2009 there was a drop in hepatitis C cases across all age groups. New cases of the blood-borne disease among teenagers (15 to 19 years) plunged 80 per cent over five years, linked to a drop in injecting drug use".
Another recent report came from a study in the Oct. 15 issue of "Morbidity and Mortality weekly Report", published by the CDC, it found; "One in 36 Hispanic men and one in 106 Hispanic women in the United States are at risk of being diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. The overall estimated lifetime risk of HIV diagnosis among Hispanics is one in 52.
Published at Medical News Today and across the Internet was the news of a rally during yesterdays Summit Conference on Hepatitis B and C where physicians, scientists and patient groups were demanding policy action for the European commitment to halting the HCV and HBV epidemic.
Back On September 27th came this report;
"The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) " and the "Trust for America's Health (TFAH)" issued a new report today calling for action to be taken to transform how the country deals with viral hepatitis - to help identify millions of Americans who know they are living with chronic forms of hepatitis B and C and to assure access to treatment for all who need it, to prevent even more Americans from becoming infected.
The information was staggering with figures showing; "An estimated 65 to 75 percent of the five million Americans currently infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) do not even know they have the virus"
Yesterday the Bankock Post reported some alarming facts about the prevalence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Thailand. HCC is the most common cancer among men in Thailand and the third most common cancer among women. Most of those diagnosed are between the ages of 20 and 50. Dr Touch Ativitavas of Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok said that studies have revealed the following primary risk factors for liver cancer: Infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) *In Thailand , however, HCV cases are rare, heavy alcohol use and a certain type of mold called Aflatoxin. Dr. Ativitavas noted that Aflatoxin can be found on grains, peanuts, dried chilli, corn and other nuts.Another cause for liver cancer mentioned in the article was a parasitic worm known as "fluke".
"There is also a link between liver cancer and parasitic worms, commonly known as fluke, which infest rivers in rural parts of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Korea and China."
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Liver Cancer In The United States
In the United States primarily hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is the ninth leading cause of cancer deaths . Chronic HBV and HCV infections that persist for decades are the major risk factors . Other factors and conditions linked to liver cancer in the United States are alcohol consumption, steatohepatitis, and type II diabetes . Men in the states have approximately a three times higher rate of liver cancer then women.
, In the United States:
The Transplant Waiting list candidates as of today October 18th at 3:25am
As of October 8, 2010 there are 16,756 waiting for a liver transplant nationwide
Sadly, on this Monday, the facts and figures for HIV, HBV and HCV around the world are making news.


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