Hepatitis Awareness Month is a month long campaign which aims to raise awareness about hepatitis.
National Hepatitis Awareness Month was first established by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention in 2001. Up to 5 million people in the US are affected by hepatitis.
Worldwide Hepatitis Awareness Day also falls within the month of May.
Hepatitis is a disease which causes inflammation of the liver.
There are 3 main types of hepatitis, A, B, and C. Their effects range from not usually serious(A) to serious (C). Rarer forms of hepatitis include hepatitis D, E and autoimmune hepatitis.
In the United States, one in twenty people will have been exposed to hepatitis B. More likely than not, someone you know will have hepatitis B even though they may display no obvious symptoms.
"Being infected is like having a time bomb inside you. You don't know when it is going to go off or if it is going to go off."
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|Organization||Hepatitis Foundation International|
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Most people don't know they have it until they get sick. There is a lot of ignorance about hepatitis B and a lot of stigma associated with this disease. People with hepatitis B can get liver cancer and there is a strong link between them. The hepatitis virus repeatedly attacks the liver causing damage which can result in liver cancer.
Hepatitis B accounts for about 80% of liver cancer cases; more than half a million people die from liver cancer each year. Worldwide, hepatitis B is the third most common cause of death from cancer in males; across gender it is the seventh most common cause of death from cancer.
The Hepatitis B Foundation supports Hepatitis Awareness Month. This organization is dedicated to finding a cure by undertaking cutting edge research in their own laboratories. Their mission is to improve the quality of life in those affected by hepatitis B: through education, patient advocacy, & medical research.
Over the years, The Hepatitis B Foundation have run many activities which aim to raise awareness about this disease. Organized activities have included:
The Hepatitis B Foundation have also held a successful, 'AIM For The B' campaign. The acronym AIM, expands to Awareness, Involvement, and Mobilization
For more information visit the Hepatitis B Foundation's dedicated awareness month webpage.