Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Liver cancer

Liver cancer is cancer that are common in Indonesia. This cancer is associated with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. This means that in general, liver cancer patients were infected with Hepatitis B or C.
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are often experienced by the population of Indonesia. Both diseases are transmitted through body fluids. Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, syringes, and blood transfusions.
In general in our country today is safe blood transfusion, blood will be screened for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. Thus the possibility of transmission of hepatitis and HIV through blood transfusion has become small. Symptoms of hepatitis, the virus usually begins with fever, muscle aches, nausea, the eyes become yellow, and reddish urine, such as tea water. However, not all people experience such symptoms.
Hepatitis C Symptoms are usually milder than with hepatitis A or B. Once attacked by Hepatitis A in general people recover completely, no one becomes chronic. Hepatitis B is also most will recover well and only about 5-10 percent of which will become chronic. When the hepatitis B become chronic so many people with these chronic hepatitis B will develop cirrhosis and liver cancer.
In hepatitis C patients who become chronic so much more. Some patients with chronic hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis and liver cancer. Only a small proportion of patients with hepatitis B develop liver cancer. Similarly, in patients with hepatitis C only partially into liver cancer. It usually takes 17 to 20 years suffering from a Hepatitis C to develop into liver cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Now there is a new drug for hepatitis B called lamivudine. These drugs are eaten in the form of a tablet once a day. Meanwhile, if necessary treatment for Hepatitis C available drug Interferon (injections) and Ribavirin (capsule). However, the use of these drugs requires medical supervision.
Results of blood tests which showed anti-HBs positive means you have Hepatitis B virus infection, but the virus was no longer in your blood (HBsAg negative). It even shows that you now have immunity to Hepatitis B (anti-HBs positive). Therefore, during the anti-HBs antibody levels are high, then you no longer need to be vaccinated. Hepatitis B immunization can be started from infancy.
Anti-HCV negative it means you have never been infected with Hepatitis C. Until now there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, so you are advised to be cautious so as not infected with Hepatitis C. So avoid contact with body fluids of others. One effective way to reduce the frequency of liver cancer is hepatitis B immunization It has been proven in many countries. Apparently, the countries that have Hepatitis B immunization program which both the frequency of liver cancer decreased significantly. Hopefully the people we too care about the Hepatitis B immunization.

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