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Alan Franciscus
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Don’t Wait until It’s Too Late to Know More about Your Liver

Recent studies show that one out of 10 Asian Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B and may not even know it since there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Experts estimate that there is approximately 1.4 to 2 million individuals who are chronically infected with the disease in the United States today. It can lead to liver failure and cancer.

Researchers Dr. Naoky Chih-Su Tsai, Dr. Howman Lam, and Dr. Philip J. Suh, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb, gathered at the Waikiki Edition Hotel for a “Chronic Hepatitis B Awareness” press conference on June 29. The purpose of the event was to educate the community about chronic hepatitis B disease, how it affects peoples’ livers, how the virus spreads from person to person, and disease prevention.

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