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Cedars-Sinai Expert Available to Discuss Effect, Benefits of U.S. Urging Baby Boomers to Get Hepatitis C Screening

Released: 8/17/2012 3:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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Newswise — Tram Tran, MD, medical director of Liver Transplant and Hepatology, is available to comment on the new, unprecedented Centers for Disease Control recommendation for all Baby Boomers to undergo blood test for Hepatitis C.

Screening is an important step to detect the disease early for treatment before it advances to a stage that requires liver transplantation, Tran said. Most hepatitis C patients do not show symptoms, so they may not know they are infected or have been exposed. Experts say the CDC has not made a health recommendation targeting an entire generation before.

Tran is available for telephone or on-camera interviews. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has launched a studio equipped with VideoLink’s ReadyCam camera, capable of instantly transmitting broadcast-quality HD video directly to any network around the world.

Tram Tran, MD, is medical director of Liver Transplantation at the Liver Disease and Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her research interests include viral hepatitis B and C, and liver transplantation.

MEDIA CONTACT: To book Tran for interviews, contact Nicole White, media specialist, at nicole.white@cshs.org or 310-423-5215.

Hepatitis C statistics
-- Hepatitis C-related illness is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis and the chief reason for the need for liver transplants in the U.S.
-- Hepatitis C treatments are evolving rapidly, with some showing 70 percent cure rates.
-- An estimated 2 million baby boomers are infected with Hepatitis C – accounting for more than 75 percent of all American adults living with the virus.
-- Hepatitis C-related illnesses, including cirrhosis and liver cancer, kill more than 15,000 Americans each year.
-- The CDC estimates hepatitis C screening could identify more than 800,00 additional cases of the disease
Source: Centers for Disease Control

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