Hepatitis C and the connection to cancer

http://youtu.be/xprzpuAtJdo Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States. It’s also the leading cause of liver cancer. About 30 percent of people who get exposed to the hepatitis C virus will clear it on their own. The rest will go on to have chronic hepatitis C. This chronic infection causes extended inflammation in the liver. This can cause scarring, called cirrhosis, and can ultimately lead to liver cancer. Chronic hepatitis C also increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and head and neck cancers. Risk factors for hepatitis C infection include: • Exposure to the virus through IV or intranasal drug use, even one time many years ago • Long-term hemodialysis • Organ transplant or blood transfusion before 1992 • Received clotting factor concentrates produced before 1987 • Exposure to infected blood by needle • HIV • A piercing or tattoo in an unclean environment using unsterile equipment • Children born to hepatitis C-positive women Learn more: https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/july2017/HepatitisC-liver-cancer-What-you-need-to-know.html