Hepatitis C, unrecognized as it progresses sneaky, can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer if not treated. On the other hand, the rapid progress in the treatment of the disease is raising hopes. Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Atakan Yeşil, “Completely free of hepatitis C, thanks to new drugs has become possible in a great deal. In the next 15 years, it is planned to destroy hepatitis C all over the world, “he says. Assoc. Dr. Atakan Yesil, 28 July World Hepatitis Day in the scope of important warnings and suggestions were found.
Hepatitis C, defined as ‘inflammation of the liver’, is one of the most important causes of liver cancer with hepatitis B virus. The data show that there are approximately 3.5 million Hepatitis B and 750 thousand Hepatitis C patients in our country. So 1 out of every 100 people has Hepatitis C. The problem is widespread throughout the world. It is estimated that 325 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis. The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that some measures are being taken to reduce the incidence of the disease. With these measures, a reduction of 30 percent in new patient numbers and 10 percent in deaths due to these diseases is expected in Hepatitis B and C by 2020.
Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Atakan Yeşil stated that “the spread of vaccination against Hepatitis A and B, the increase of access to Hepatitis B and C treatment, the focus on preventing the transmission from mother to baby, the making of blood transfusion and surgical applications more reliable, they are important factors in reducing their frequency, “he says.
It can easily infect!
Viral hepatitis is a major public health problem because of its contagious features. People with hepatitis C virus carriers need to know that even if they are sick, they can infect others with blood and other body fluids. For this reason, it is important to take measures against other people. These patients need to be in regular follow-up. It is also important to have a liver function test twice a year, to avoid taking alcohol if you have to take medication for any reason, consult your doctor.
He can sneak up!
Gastroenterology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Atakan Yeşil said that acute hepatitis usually manifests itself with fatigue, loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss, darkening of urine and deep redness, while chronic hepatitis says there may be no complaints in patients. Most of the time the disease is not noticed because of not being able to say that time is lost Assoc. Dr. Atakan Yeşil “Acute Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections should be closely monitored and early treatment should prevent disease progression. Otherwise, unless diagnosed and necessary precautions are taken, they cause cirrhosis and later liver cancer within years “.
Pay attention to these precautions!
Although the risk of the disease is high, it is possible to protect it with the measures to be taken. While vaccination against hepatitis A and B can prevent the formation of a significant part of hepatitis, it is very important to raise awareness about ways of transmission of the disease in society. Assoc. Dr. Atakan Yeşil summarizes the other measures as follows: “The production, packaging, storage, and consumption of foods that are consumed with safe blood products and injection will be very important steps in the protection of hepatitis viruses.
“Today, important chronic hepatitis C hepatitis C completely eliminated thanks to new drugs have become possible in a very large area, emphasizing Assoc. Dr. Atakan Yesil, “Over the next 15-20 years, the entire world is planning to destroy Hepatitis C completely. For hepatitis B, there are no medicines that can destroy the virus today. Where necessary, the drugs against Hepatitis B are meant to stop the progress of the disease. The work continues in this area, “he says.