Hepatitis C a top health concern for baby boomers [Infographic]
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Did you know that Hepatitis C affects an estimated 3.2 million Americans, yet most don’t know they’re infected? Referred to as a "silent epidemic," Hepatitis C is an infectious liver disease that causes serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

Hepatitis C can affect anyone, but baby boomers – individuals born from 1945 through 1965 – are five times more likely to be infected than other adults. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all baby boomers get a blood test for Hepatitis C.

* About three in every four Americans with Hepatitis C – more than 2 million in all – are baby boomers.

* Most people with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected since they have no symptoms.  

* Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the No. 1 reason for liver transplants.

Talk to your doctor. Getting tested is the only way to know if you have Hepatitis C.

Explore the following infographic and the CDC’s Know More Hepatitis campaign website for critical information about this often misunderstood disease and why baby boomers should get tested.

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