2. Why is the hepatitis B virus called the silent killer?
I got involved because I realized this was
such a big problem - but, I asked myself, why should I as a surgeon
become an advocate? Aren't there tons of liver specialists? Yes, but the problem is there is no
money. I call hepatitis B and liver cancer the
Silent Killer in Asians and Asian Americans - 1 in 10 are infected,
and in some coastal areas of China, even 2 or 3 out of 10 are
infected. Very often, they don't even know they are
infected. The problem is that a lot of the doctors
aren't aware of the prevalence, and they are not up to date on the
latest treatments. They feel that there is nothing you can do
about it, so they don't give patients the right information on how to
take care of themselves. This is a disease that kills a million
people a year. It ranks as the #10 or #11 cause of death in
the world. It kills a million - which, my calculations,
means that it kills 1 person every 30 seconds. But how many times do you hear people talk
about hep B? No one writes about it, no one talks about
it. That's why I want to energize you and help
you figure out what you can do in your local community - write to your
local newspaper and get someone to do a story about hepatitis
1. I have been affected by Hepatitis B. How can I become an advocate and help others with this disease?
3. Why isn’t hepatitis B recognized as a problem by the US government in the way that hepatitis C is?