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October is Liver Awareness Month!
Liver cancer is continuously on the rise, especially among Latinos. In South Texas specifically, Latinos have the highest rate in the nation.
When it comes to hepatitis C, the number of U.S. Latinos with hepatitis C (2.6%) is higher than the number of overall people with hepatitis C (1.3%). Hepatitis C disease progression has also shown to be faster in Latinos than in Whites.
Furthermore, the most common risk factor for liver cancer is long-term infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) worldwide. These infections can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and are directly responsible for making liver cancer the most common cancer in many parts of the world.
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, otherwise known as NASH, is another problem. NASH is a liver disease that stems from high-sugar, high fat diets, which could potentially lead to liver cancer, other diseases and death.
Let’s take some time to talk about the issues, discuss solutions, and share resources during our #SaludTues Tweetchat on October 22.
• WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Liver Awareness Month
• DATE: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
• TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
• WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
• HOST: @SaludAmerica
• CO-HOSTS: AAPCHO Hep B Policy (@HepBPolicy)
We’ll open the floor to relevant information, your stories, and collective experiences as we explore:
- Liver cancer risk factors
- Prevention & Early Detection
- How to maintain “good” liver health
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can help promote minority health!
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.
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