The elimination of hepatitis B and hepatitis C is one of the key strategies outlined in a set of guidelines addressing the alarming rise of liver cancer cases and associated deaths in Australia.
Titled the Roadmap to Liver Cancer Control in Australia, other actions recommended in the plan include community awareness raising, and the improvement of access and support to services for communities at higher risk of liver cancer.
Liver cancer is the fastest growing cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia, having rapidly increased in incidence and deaths in the last 40 years. The incidence of liver cancer has risen from 1.8 per 100,000 in 1982 to 8.7 per 100,000, and this trend is expected to continue unless steps are taken to prevent the development of the disease in people who are at risk. Read the full article.