Canada: Liver doctors seek hepatitis C screens for baby boomers
“Canada should follow the lead of the U.S. and begin birth-cohort
screening for HCV infection, even if only to collect the data that we
need to determine whether we should be screening at all,” Drs. Hemant
Shah, Jenny Heathcote and Jordon Feld from the Toronto Centre for Liver
Baby boomers and those born up to 1975 should be screened for the
hepatitis C virus and treated if needed, say researchers who argue
Canada is probably underestimating its prevalence.
Hepatitis C infection (HCV) can be eradicated if treated early and
successfully, liver specialists say. In Monday’s issue of the Canadian
Medical Association Journal, three doctors say there’s a clear rationale
to identify and treat the infections before symptoms appear.