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World Liver Day: Reason For High Prevalence Of Liver Cancer In Northeast India

Prof (Dr.) Major (Retd.) Shibashish Bhattacharyya, Sr. Consultant - Medical Onoclogy & Hemato Oncology with BMT American Oncology Institute (AOI), Imphal, explains The increasing incidence of liver cancer in Northeast and how to prevent it, "Both Hepatitis B & C viruses attack liver cells and are the primary causes of liver cancer.

While the prevalence of Hepatitis B in states like Assam is reported to be approximately 2 per cent, it is 7-8 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and pockets of Tripura. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Healthcare professionals, people with multiple sex partners, intravenous drug users, patients who receive blood or blood components are at a higher risk of getting infected.

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To prevent liver cancer, it is important to avoid all the risk factors of Hepatitis A, B, C and E and get vaccinated for Hepatitis B." Please click on the story to know more.

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