Monitoring patients with hepatitis B is crucial to stop the development of liver cancer.
Hepatitis B is a diverse illness — both in terms of the ways the disease manifests and the broad range of communities it affects in Australia.
It is estimated that more than 218,000 Australians have chronic hepatitis B — which is about 1% of the population. About 45% of the 100,000 Australians estimated to be living with hepatitis B haven't even been diagnosed.
This results in poor outcomes for those affected, including liver failure and liver cancer, and the risk of ongoing transmission to other susceptible people.
Liver cancer, of which most is caused by viral hepatitis, is the fastest increasing cause of cancer death in Australians. Most people diagnosed...
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