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World Cancer Day 2019

4 February 2019


Today is World Cancer Day which started on the 4 February 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris. 

The Paris Charter, announced at that event, aims to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness and mobilise the global community to make progress against cancer.

To mark World Cancer Day, Hepatitis Victoria has released a new infographic which reveals the looming health crisis in Australia, and the worrying data concerning liver cancer the fastest growing known cause of cancer death in the country.

If undetected and untreated, hepatitis B and hepatitis C can lead to irreversible liver damage, cirrhosis and liver cancer. 

The new infographic shows there were 1732 liver cancer deaths in 2018, more than for skin cancer (1467) and for the number of people killed in car accidents on Australia’s roads (1156). 

Liver cancer also has one of the lowest five-year survival rates (17%) after diagnosis. 

“Our new infographic tells the liver health story from a number of angles, and the picture is pretty bleak,” said CEO of Hepatitis Victoria, Melanie Eagle.

Liver disease affects an estimated 6 million Australians, equating to the entire population of Victorian and it costs the economy approximately $5.4 billion annually. 

“It is a health crisis that puts in perspective other health issues such as diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Its a growing time-bomb and it’s time we really thought seriously about how we are going to tackle it,” said Melanie.

Download the infographic here.

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