Cancer risk from hepatitis unheeded: HPA

EARLY ACTION: The Liver Disease Prevention and Treatment Research Foundation said more public awareness about liver disease screenings and treatment is needed

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 28, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Hepatitis B and C are the main risk factors of liver cancer in Taiwan, but about 30 percent of people diagnosed with the diseases do not receive proper treatment, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said.

Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the nation, accounting for about 13,000 deaths each year, it said.

According to the HPA’s 2016 cancer registration data, approximately 11,000 people were diagnosed with liver cancer that year, and about 80 percent among them had hepatitis B or C.

However, as people with liver disease often do not experience symptoms, many cases are not detected until the diseases progress to later stages, the HPA said.

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