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Facts and Stats

Did you know?

Viral hepatitis

  • Close to 1000 Australians die each year from hepatitis B and C related liver disease
  • Liver cancer largely caused by chronic viral hepatitis infection is the fastest increasing cause of cancer death in the country
  • 15,000 Australians are diagnosed with viral hepatitis each year – around the same number diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Around 64,000 Victorians currently live with chronic hepatitis B
  • Around 41,000 Victorians currently live with chronic hepatitis C.

Liver disease

  • Nationally, more than 6 million Australians suffer from chronic liver disease
  • As the largest internal organ, our liver performs up to 500 functions to keep us healthy
  • More than six million Australians are or have been affected by liver disease
  • One in four Australians has fatty liver disease
  • Liver cancer is the fastest-growing cause of cancer death, and in 2019, 567 Victorians were diagnosed with liver cancer
  • More than 7000 Australians die each year from chronic liver disease.

A brief history of hepatitis research

A brief history of hepatitis research

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By Umang Davendra, RMIT Journalism Student, Capstone Project.

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