To screen or not to screen for hepatitis C

January 14, 2015 6:57 PM

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In the past few years, newer, more effective treatments have been introduced for hepatitis C – a disease that can lead to chronic liver problems and in the worst cases, liver cancer. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended screening for the disease in anyone born between 1945-1965, since about three-quarters of cases occur in this age group, the Baby Boomers. Last year, the World Health Organization also called for more screening for the disease.

“The question is whether these aggressive screening policies are justified and whether they would result in more benefit than harm,” said Dr. ..“We know very little about the potential harms of these drugs, especially in the long-term. And we don’t know how they will translate into long-term benefit...

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