Hepatitis C (Hep C), a serious, blood disease is not talked about much, thus has been flying under the radar. Yet, millions of seniors, particularly the baby boomer generation (born 1945-1965) have contacted it and may not even know it.
People live with Hep C for years, even decades without issue or symptoms. During this time, Hep C slowly damages the liver. As years pass, symptoms appear as advanced liver disease possibly causing liver damage, cancer and even early death.
It’s essential to get tested to know for sure. It’s usually not tested on routine blood screenings. You have to ask to get screened. If screened, Hepatitis C can be cured.
Why boomers? No one knows why Americans born (1945-1965) are at a higher risk. The virus was only discovered in the late 1980’s. Seniors may have been inflected before that time and only now are showing symptoms. In fact, donated blood was not screened for the disease until 1992. Control standards also in those years were not as rigid as today.
In any event, it would be advisable to any person born during those years to get tested and cured. Cure rates are around 95% with average treatment of around 12 weeks. You are considered cured when a lab test three months after treatment shows no trace of Hep C in your blood. For more information, log on to http://www.hepchope.com
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