Hepatitis carriers have a high risk of getting liver cancer
According to professor Hsu Jin-chuan of internal medicine at the Taiwan University Medical School, hepatitis B carriers have a high risk of getting liver cancer because the DNA of the Hepatitis B virus can invade the DNA of liver cells and lead to genetic mutations in the liver cells and the growth of tumors, even though the Hepatitis B carrier may show normal GOT (glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase) and GPT (glutamate pyruvate transaminase” levels.
The doctor suggests Hepatitis B carriers get a blood sample and ultrasound checkup every six months to uncover any liver problems.
From 2011 to 2015, an extensive screening program for Hepatitis C was conducted. A total of 143,520 people were screened, and 6,043 were found to have Hepatitis C. The study showed that there are regional differences in infection rate. In the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan region, the infection rate is 7.3%, that in the Yilan-Hualien-Taitung area is 6%, that in the Kaohsiung-Pingtung area is 5.4%, that in the Taichung-Changhua-Nantou area is 4.4%, that in the Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli area is 2.5%, that in the New Taipei City and Taipei City area is 1.9%, and that in Kinmen County is 0.7%.