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How can getting tested for hepatitis C help?

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  • Early treatment can help you prevent liver cancer or liver failure. According to the CDC, out of every 100 people with hepatitis C: 60-70 will develop chronic liver disease.
  • Up to 20 will get cirrhosis, a dangerous scarring of the liver.
  • Up to 5 will die from liver cancer or liver failure. Getting tested and treated early can stop the hepatitis C virus from triggering cirrhosis or cancer. Your doctor will be able to keep an eye out for signs of liver trouble. He can start treatment before serious damage starts.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet," "Hepatitis C: What to Expect When Getting Tested," "Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet," "Hepatitis C: What to Expect When Getting Tested," "Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

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