October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to “chat” about reducing liver cancer in people living with hepatitis B and C.
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, representatives from Hep B United, CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, and NASTAD (the National Alliance of State and Territorial Aids Directors) will co-host a twitter chat at 2 p.m. EST using the hashtag #liverchat.
Also participating are special guests from CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Dr. Katherine McGlynn of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. McGlynn is a Senior Investigator at the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Metabolic Epidemiology Branch. She is a researcher and expert in hepatocellular carcinoma.
Below are questions scheduled to be discussed during the chat. How can you contribute to the conversation? Share any resources or strategies you have that raise awareness about liver cancer. Join the conversation with the hashtag #liverchat.
Q1: What is liver cancer and why is it so deadly?
Q2: What are the risk factors for liver cancer and why should people viral hepatitis worry?
Q3: What are some strategies to help prevent viral hepatitis and liver cancer?
Q4: What are the barriers that keep people from getting screened for viral hepatitis and how can they be addressed?
Q5: What can people living with chronic hepatitis B and C do to protect their liver health and prevent liver cancer?
Q6: Why are some populations more vulnerable to viral hepatitis and liver cancer, and how do we address the disparities?
Q7: What can we do to raise awareness & educate vulnerable communities about viral hepatitis and its link to liver cancer?
Q8: What resources are available to learn more about viral hepatitis and liver cancer?
Co-hosts and special guests for the chat include:
- Hep B United – @HepBUnited
- NASTAD – @NASTAD
- CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis – @cdchep
- CDC Division of Cancer Prevention – @CDC_Cancer
- Dr. Katherine McGlynn – @LiverCancerConn
- Prevent Cancer Foundation – @PreventCancer
Confirmed participants and their handles include:
- Hepatitis B Foundation – @hepbfoundation
- CDC National Prevention Information Network (Twitter chat moderator) – @CDCNPIN
- White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders @whitehouseaapi
- Hep B United Philadelphia – @HepBUnitedPhila
- Coalition Against Hepatitis For People of African Origin – @CHIPO_HBV
- Asian American Community in Action – @apcaaz
- Assn. of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) – @HepBPolicy
- National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day (NAIRHHDay) – @NAIRHHADay
- Hep Free NYC – @HepFreeNYC
- Asian Health Coalition – @aapinews
- Thelma Thiel – @theLiverLady
- Charles B Wang Community Health Center – @CBWCHC
- Office of HIV/AIDS & Infectious Disease Policy – @HHS_ViralHep
- Hope Clinic – @AAHC_HOPEClinic
- World Hepatitis Alliance – @Hep_Alliance
- National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable – @NVHR1
Just getting started with Twitter? Want to know how to join the conversation? Type #liverchat in the search box of the Twitter application to follow the chat. You can prepare your tweets in response to the topics listed above in advance, or you can also tweet on the fly, re-tweet, or Like a tweet from the chat.
The questions are labeled Q1, Q2, etc. so please respond/answer specific question by using A1, A2, etc. in front of your tweets. Remember to include the #liverchat hashtag, which is not case sensitive, in all of your tweets.
If you plan to participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to the list of confirmed participants. Let us know if you have any other questions about joining the chat.