The American Liver Foundation (ALF) has joined other groups in the support of National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day being held for the first time on May 15, 2012. They believe that this initiative will assist in moving more people to learn about hepatitis and to improve their health.
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New York, NY – The American Liver Foundation (ALF) has joined other groups in the support of National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day being held for the first time on May 15, 2012.
Nearly 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C virus infection, a potentially serious disease that can damage the liver over time. Of those, an estimated one million are Hispanic- Americans. Chronic hepatitis C is the leading cause of cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and may lead to end-stage liver disease and liver cancer. Many people infected with chronic hepatitis C do not know they have the disease – approximately 70 to 80 percent of people newly infected with the virus do not have symptoms.
Recently the American Liver Foundation has increased its education outreach to the Hispanic community with additional materials in English/Spanish along with Spanish being an option for callers to the National Helpline (800-GO LIVER). In addition, its signature core community training for people living with hepatitis C is now available in Spanish as well as English.
However, the greatest barrier to successful treatment of hepatitis C is raising awareness among the Hispanic community and having people talk to their doctors about testing and treatment. The National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day will greatly assist in moving more people to learn about hepatitis and to improve their health.
About the American Liver Foundation:
The American Liver Foundation is the nation’s largest non-profit organization focused solely on promoting liver health and disease prevention. The American Liver Foundation achieves its mission in the fight against liver disease by funding scientific research, education for medical professionals, advocacy, information and support programs for patients and their families as well as public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Additional information can be found at www.liverfoundation.org. kasino spel