27 Jul '11, 9am

Liver cancer 200 times more likely for Hep B carriers

Liver cancer 200 times more likely for Hep B carriers

If you are 25 years old and above and studied in Singapore, chances are, you have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis B during childhood. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK IF YOU are 25 years old and above and studied in Singapore, chances are, you have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis B during childhood. This virus that causes the inflammation of the liver is transmitted through ways such as sexual contact with an infected person, and re-using contaminated needles and syringes. Hepatitis B carriers are 200 times more likely to get liver cancer, and doctors warn that by the time symptoms such as dark urine and jaundice appear, it might be too late. These stark reminders come on the heels of World Hepatitis Day on Thursday.

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