While anyone could benefit from liver screening, for those living with hepatitis B, routine liver screening is essential. This is because as many as 80% of all cases of liver cancer worldwide are caused by chronic hepatitis B, and more than 500,000 people die from this lethal disease every year. Routine liver screening and surveillance is the best way to catch this deadly disease early and to improve the odds of treatment once a person has contracted it.
If You Have Hepatitis B, You Need Liver Screening
For those with an increased risk of liver cancer, however, it may be wise to begin liver screenings even earlier than the recommended 40 or 50 year mark. If you have a family member who also has liver cancer, you are four times more likely to develop it yourself. If this describes you, you will want to be especially diligent in seeking routine liver screenings.
Just because you don’t have cirrhosis does not mean that you are in the clear, either. As many as 33 percent of people with hepatitis B who develop liver cancer never experience cirrhosis. Do not simply look for a warning sign that may or may not be there. Seeking routine liver screenings is the only way to know for sure.