Baby boomers should be screened for hepatitis C

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Kevin Moore, MD, KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates

Even if you are not presenting symptoms, you might be suffering from hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure.

An estimated 3 to 10 million Americans currently have this disease. However, many carriers of the disease are still unaware of their infection, as it often presents only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, for years or decades. If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause long-term liver damage, and even death, so it is important to get screened if you think you could be at risk.

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