2. What is the global impact of HBV infection?
So the first thing I’d like to get across is
what is the global problem? The global problem is that there are at least
350 million people in the world chronically infected with hepatitis B
virus and that’s somewhere around six percent of the world’s
population. So we’re talking about a major
illness. It’s been estimated by the World Health
Organization that about one million people out of these 350 million
people will die each year of either of HCC as a kind of cellular
carcinoma or liver cancer or chronic liver disease. And of these 350 million, if we didn’t add
any new carriers to the population, any new chronically infected
people, which we’re doing every day, sixty million would eventually
die. Just to put sixty million in perspective,
that’s more than died in all of World War II. So, we’re talking big
numbers and a lot of tragedy.
1. Why is Hepatitis B important?
3. What is the global incidence of liver cancer?