July 28 is World Hepatitis Day.
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. What does this have to do with substance abuse prevention? A 2011 American Cancer Society study showed that nearly half the cases of liver cancer were correlated to smoking.
Hepatitis, a viral inflammation of the liver caused by five different viruses (A, B, C, D, and E), includes possible symptoms such as nausea, dark urine, extreme fatigue, vomiting, abdominal pain, and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes). And the B and C strains have been found to lead to liver cancer.
Liver cancer claims about 600,000 lives annually and has a low (12 percent), five-year survival rate in the United States – even lower elsewhere. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention found that smoking interacts with both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in exacerbating the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer. Additionally, one International Journal of Cancer study found that Hepatitis C-positive men who smoke were 136 times more likely to acquire liver cancer than HCV-positive men who did not.
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