Medical Practitioner at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Oluwatoyin Gbadebo has warned that Hepatitis can cause Cancer.
Dr. Gbadebo gave the warning during an exclusive interview with Gistongist to mark this year’s World Hepatitis Day.
She said, “I think that everybody in the population shouldn’t wait till when you have those symptoms to know whether you have hepatitis, because at the point where you wait is when you realize that this hepatitis is already causing damage.
“Hepatitis can cause cancer. This is one virus that is a known cause of cancer because it is a progression. From hepatitis to Cirrhosis of the liver, which means that the liver is becoming thick. To Hepatocellular carcinoma, which means that the liver is now cancerous. So hepatitis B is a very dangerous disease. It should be prevented and everybody should be screened.” Dr. Gbadebo Warned.
Speaking from the perspective of this year’s theme; ‘Finding the Missing Millions’, Gbadebo explained that a lot still needs to be done as there are millions of people with hepatitis who do not know their status, hence the World Health Organization has called that millions still need to be found as hepatitis affect about 390, 000, 000 million people worldwide.
“In each single day, 4, 000 people die from hepatitis. That mean today, about 4, 000 people are going to lose their lives due to hepatitis, and so this is an area of contempt and we need to pay attention and do something about it.” She said