Canadian Liver Foundation says prevention and early intervention in all
forms of liver disease will reduce liver cancer and future demand for
TORONTO, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Liver cancer is an alarm bell signaling
the future of liver disease in Canada. Today's newly released Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013 show that liver cancer is one of the fastest rising forms of cancer in
Canada. Unfortunately liver cancer rates are on the rise as a direct
result of contributing liver diseases like hepatitis B and C and fatty
liver disease not being identified and treated early enough.
"Hepatitis B and C and fatty liver disease do not cause liver cancer
overnight," says Dr. Morris Sherman, Chairman of the Canadian Liver
Foundation and a hepatologist who specializes in liver cancer research.
"It can take anywhere from two to 20 years which gives us more than
enough time to intervene. But we have to be vigilant. If we included
liver tests as part of regular doctor visits for instance, we would be
able to catch the early warning signs and take action and not only
reduce the risk of liver cancer but also the future demand for liver
The Canadian Liver Foundation's Liver Disease in Canada: A Crisis in the Making report released earlier this year highlighted a 30% increase in
liver-related death rates and called for the development of a national
liver disease strategy to improve screening, diagnosis, treatment and
research into all forms of liver disease. Among the 21 recommendations
included in the report were long-term and short-term measures to help
reduce liver cancer.
universal neonatal immunization for hepatitis B;
liver tests included in regular doctor visits;
hepatitis C tests for all adults born between 1945 and 1975 and
hepatitis B testing for immigrants;
access to affordable and effective treatment for all chronic hepatitis B
and C patients;
regular liver cancer screening for at-risk patients...
"Liver cancer can be the end result of many forms of liver disease,"
says Dr. Sherman. "The key to reducing the incidence of liver cancer
lies in early detection, intervention and prevention. We have the tools
but what is lacking is the sense of urgency, supporting policies and
available funding to implement them. These new statistics should be the
wake-up call that it's time to pay attention to liver disease in this
country before it's too late."
For more information on liver cancer, visit www.liver.ca The CLF's Liver Disease in Canada Report is available for download at www.liver.ca/advocate
About the Canadian Liver Foundation
Founded in 1969 by a group of doctors and business leaders concerned
about the increasing incidence of liver disease, the Canadian Liver
Foundation (CLF) was the first organization in the world devoted to
providing support for research and education into the causes,
diagnoses, prevention and treatment of all liver disease. Through its
chapters across the country, the CLF strives to promote liver health,
improve public awareness and understanding of liver disease, raise
funds for research and provide support to individuals affected by liver
SOURCE: Canadian Liver Foundation
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