Thursday, October 17, 2013

Multicountry Survey Results Highlighting Limited Knowledge of Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Reinforces Need for Action

– Approximately nine out of ten (91%) people surveyed do not know anything or only very little about viral hepatitis and only around one in six (15%) name hepatitis as the main cause of liver cancer –


Beerse, Belgium, 17 October, 2013 – A new survey to mark Liver Cancer Awareness Month (October) has shown a lack of awareness among the general public about viral hepatitis and its link to liver cancer, the sixth most common cancer and the third most common cause of death from cancer worldwide.1 Differences in levels of awareness were also seen between the countries surveyed.

The survey, commissioned by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), with the support of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), the European Liver Patients Association (ELPA) and the International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA), was conducted in Russia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom (UK) involving more than 5,000 members of the general public to provide a snapshot of public awareness across the WHO European Region.*

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