Liver Cancer and Hepatitis C
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone born from 1945 through 1965 get a one-time blood test for Hepatitis C, which is the leading cause of liver cancer and the number one reason for liver transplants.
People born during these years are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C. Many people with Hepatitis C have no symptoms, often living decades without feeling sick. Testing can help prevent deaths from Hepatitis C because early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent liver damage, cirrhosis and even liver cancer. There are new medicines on the market that can increase the effectiveness and shorten treatment time for many people.
What about insurance coverage?
Health care plans vary, so check with your insurance plan about coverage.
Learn more about the CDC's recommendation for baby boomers.