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Reduce Liver Cancer Risk and Join a Liver Cancer Awareness Twitter Chat Oct. 12

On Thursday, Oct. 12, representatives from Hepatitis B Foundation, 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 is special guest Katherine McGlynn, PhD 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 and improve liver cancer surveillance. Join the conversation with the hashtag #liverchat.

Q1: What is primary liver cancer and why is raising awareness so important?

Q2: What are the risk factors for liver cancer and why should people with 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 hepatitis and liver cancer 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:

  • Hepatitis B Foundation – @hepbfoundation
  • CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis – @cdchep
  • CDC Cancer – @cdc_cancer
  • Dr. Katherine McGlynn – National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics – @NCIEpiTraining
  • CDC National Prevention Information Network (CDCNPIN) will be moderating the chat – @cdcnpin

Confirmed participants and their handles include:

  • National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable – @NVHR1
  • Hep B United  – @hepbunited
  • Coalition Against Hepatitis For People of African Origin – @CHIPO_HBV
  • Hep B United Philadelphia – @HepBUnitedPhila
  • Liver Cancer Connect – @livercancerconn
  • Hep Free Hawaii – @hepfreehawaii
  • Hep Free NYC – @hepfreenyc

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, and click on “Latest”.









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 info@hepb.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.

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8 thoughts on “Reduce Liver Cancer Risk and Join a Liver Cancer Awareness Twitter Chat Oct. 12”

    1. Plz inform us any earlier solution at first stage of hepB.. As we have no symptoms at all.. How long a person with hepB can survive.. How should treat HBV person… Dieting…

      1. Hello: Hepatitis B is not called the silent infection for nothing. It rarely causes any symptoms, there are very few sensory nerves around the liver, which is why about two-thirds of people infected with hepatitis B don’t know they have it. Many people live long and healthy lives with hepatitis B, especially if they avoid alcohol and cigarettes and have a healthy lifestyle. Treatment is needed only if you have a high viral load and signs of liver damage, usually indicated by a blood test for the liver enzyme ALT (also called SGPT). When liver cells are damaged, they release ALT/SGPT into the bloodstream. Healthy ALT levels are 30 and under for men and 19 and under for women. Good luck.

    2. Hello: There is no cure for hepatitis B yet, however there are antiviral medications that lower your viral load and reduce your risk of liver damage. When healthy adults are infected, their immune systems usually get rid of the infection without any treatment within six months. When newborns and young children are infected, no drug is needed unless the infection is harming their liver. Experts predict a cure will be developed in the next few years, we remain optimistic. Good luck.

  1. I am a HEP B victim realised this in 1992 but leanrt more about it recently,have tested my live is said to be fine but definately worried. How can one access materials to desiminate info about this disease? we are being descriminated against and this is leaving many not to disclose.Key facts about this especially on transmission,and effections.

    1. Hello: You are correct, there is a lot of ignorance and stigma around hepatitis B around the world. Please use our website http://www.hepb.org for any information you need. We also have several blogs about the unwarranted discrimination that people with hepatitis B face. The CDC also has a number of publications in an assortment of languages that everyone is encouraged to use to help spread accurate information about hepatitis B at http://www.cdc.gov/knowhepatitisb/materials.htm
      Thank you

    1. Hello: You are not infected, which is great news. You were infected in the past (this is indicated by your positive hepatitis B core antibody (Anti Hbc) result, however you cleared the infection and have the hepatitis B surface antibody to protect you. Congratulations.

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