Did you know?
- 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 50,000 Victorian currently live with hepatitis B
- More than 50,000 Victorians currently live with hepatitis C.
- 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
By Umang Davendra, RMIT Journalism Student, Capstone Project.