Join Us for a Twitter Chat- Liver Cancer is Preventable

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 5.24.25 PMOctober is Liver Cancer Awareness Month. Join the Hepatitis B Foundation and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable for a twitter chat, featuring hepatitis and liver cancer expert Dr. Robert Gish, at 2p.m. EDT Tuesday, October 20.

Dr. Gish, professor consultant at Stanford University and medical director of the Hepatitis B Foundation and others will be chatting about liver cancer, hepatitis B and C prevention and treatment, health disparities, and resources for awareness and advocacy.

Below are the topics that will be discussed during the chat. Please consider how you might wish to contribute to the conversation! Got any resources you might like to share?

Q1 What is liver cancer and why is it so deadly
Q2 What are the specific risk factors for liver cancer?
Q3 What are some ways to help prevent liver cancer and hepatitis?
Q4 What can be done to help prevent liver cancer for people living with chronic hepatitis B or C?
Q5 What are the health disparities related to liver cancer and viral hepatitis?
Q6 What can we do to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and liver cancer?
Q7 What additional resources are available to learn more about viral hepatitis and liver cancer?

Join the conversation with the hashtag #Liverchat

Confirmed participants and handles for the chat include:

  • Hepatitis B Foundation – @hepbfoundation
  • National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable – @NVHR1
  • Dr. Robert Gish – tweeting from @LiverCancerConn
  • CDC’s, Division of Viral Hepatitis – @cdchep
  • CDC National Prevention Information Network – @CDCNPIN
  • Hep B United – @HepBUnited
  • American Liver Foundation –  @liverUSA
  • Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations – @HepBPolicy
  • Latino Commission on AIDS – @LatinoCommAIDS
  • Charles B Wang Community Health Center – @CBWCHC
  • Caring Ambassadors – @CAP_HepatitisC
  • Coalition Against Hepatitis For People of African Origin – @CHIPO_HBV
  • National Black Leadership Coalition on AIDS – @NBLCA
  • National Association of County & City Health Officials – @NACCHOalerts
  • Asian Health Coalition – @AAPInews
  • Asian American Community Health – @apcaaz
  • International Community Health Services – @supportichs

We’d love to hear from you at if you plan to participate or have any questions about joining!


Get Tested for Liver Cancer, Your Life May Depend on It

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month. It may be a sleeper of a event when compared to other health campaigns, but for us who live with viral hepatitis, it’s an uncomfortable but critical reminder of the importance of monitoring our liver health to prevent cancer.

Viral hepatitis, especially B and C, are viral infections that can cause liver cancer  (also called hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC.) Researchers are still studying why some people are more prone to liver cancer, but we who live with chronic hepatitis B or C have a 25 to 40 percent lifetime risk of developing liver cancer. The infection, which hijacks our liver cells to manufacture more virus, causes inflammation, scarring and even cancer as the liver cells grow out of control.

The longer we are infected with viral hepatitis, the higher our risk of developing liver cancer. While liver cancer often occurs in people with cirrhosis (severe liver scarring), some of us develop cancer without cirrhosis. Continue reading

Growing Older with Hepatitis B: Prevention and Precautions Still Matter

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Most people living with chronic hepatitis B today are over age 50, and like their younger counterparts, they need to prevent spreading hepatitis B to their sexual partners, housemates, and neighbors in assisted living facilities.

You’re never too old for safe sex: You may not have to worry about pregnancy any more, but you still need to protect yourself and your partner against sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis B. Using a condom (and keeping a barrier between you and potentially infectious body fluids) is essential because many seniors have not been immunized against hepatitis B.

The widespread marketing of erectile dysfunction drugs allows for sex by older men, and thinning and dryness of vaginal tissue in older women may raise their risk of infection during intercourse. Continue reading

When Is That Pain Hep B-related and When Is It Something Else?

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When people with chronic hepatitis B experience abdominal pain, we often wonder if it’s related to our liver and if our hepatitis B is getting worse.

According to experts, hepatitis B rarely causes abdominal pain. In celebration of Pain Awareness Month, here are some insights to help you understand what might be behind your abdominal pain when you live with chronic hepatitis B.

First, it’s not called the silent infection for nothing. When first infected, most children and nearly 70 percent of adults never experience any direct symptoms from hepatitis B. When people do have symptoms, such as aches, nausea and fever, they usually last for only a few days. Only a very small percentage have symptoms that persist long-term. Continue reading

First World Hepatitis Summit Focuses on Global Plan for Elimination by 2030

The joint North and South Americas group build relationships across borders to eradicate hepatitis B.

The North and South Americas group builds relationships to eradicate viral hepatitis.

The mood was euphoric. It was a love fest, actually. Last week, more than 600 policy makers, public health experts, and representatives from non-governmental organizations and patient advocacy groups from 80 countries were invited to participate in the first World Hepatitis Summit in Scotland hosted by the World Hepatitis Alliance in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). The Hepatitis B Foundation was pleased to be invited and to speak during the pre-summit meeting as well.

The message was serious. Hepatitis B and C kill more people each year than HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and combined are the seventh-leading cause of death worldwide, yet viral hepatitis as a global health concern remains mostly invisible and under-funded. Continue reading