VANCOUVER Feb. 10 2015
Baby boomers need to be tested
Feb. 10 2015 /CNW/ - As many as 350000 Canadians could be suffering
with hepatitis C many of whom are unaware that they are infected thus
continuing to spread the virus. Although there is a vaccine to prevent
the spread of the hepatitis A and hepatitis B viruses there is no
vaccine for hepatitis C. The good news is that with new treatments
hepatitis C is now a curable disease.
Many Canadians with
hepatitis C do not have any symptoms but for those who do symptoms are
generally nonspecific such as mild fatigue or discomfort in the abdomen.
However delaying treatment can actually make things worse; the infected
individual may feel mostly fine but the virus is causing inflammation
which slowly wreaks havoc on the liver eventually leading to cirrhosis
severe symptoms and even liver cancer.
"It's very important that
individuals with risk factors get tested for the hepatitis C virus" says
Dr. James Gray Chair of the Gastrointestinal Society and Canadian
Society of Intestinal Research Medical Advisory Council and
Gastrointestinal Society co-founder "ideally we can put an end to the
spread of hepatitis C by diagnosing treating and curing those who have
The GI Society has just released a video about
hepatitis C to spread awareness and educate Canadians on the risk
factors for this disease. The fast-paced whiteboard-style animation also
includes information on diagnosis testing treatment management symptoms
and more so you can do your part to help stop the spread of this
disease. Watch the video online in English at www.badgut.org and in French at www.mauxdeventre.org. Dr. Gray narrates this animation in English and Jean Bruyère narrates in French.
Attara Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Gastrointestinal
Society who produced the video said "We are grateful for the medical
support of Dr. James R. Gray Gastroenterologist and Clinical Professor
University of British Columbia and Dr. Ed Tam Hepatologist of the Liver
and Intestinal Research (LAIR) Centre. We are also very appreciative of
the generous educational grants provided to us by AbbVie Corporation and
Janssen Inc. that allowed us to produce this independent video."
Visit www.badgut.org watch and share this video (http://ow.ly/ICVF4); it could help save someone's life.
About the Gastrointestinal Society (GI Society)As
the Canadian leaders in providing trusted evidence-based information on
all areas of the gastrointestinal tract the Gastrointestinal (GI)
Society and the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research are committed to
improving the lives of people with GI and liver conditions by
supporting research advocating for appropriate patient access to health
care and promoting gastrointestinal and liver health.
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