Survey: Liver Cancer and Viral Hepatitis
On 17 October Janssen announced the results of a new survey to mark Liver Cancer Awareness Month (October). The survey showed a lack of awareness among the general public about viral hepatitis and its link to liver cancer – approximately nine out of ten (91%) people surveyed do not know anything or only very little about viral hepatitis and only around one in six (15%) name hepatitis as the main cause of liver cancer.
The survey, commissioned by Janssen, with the support of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), the European Liver Patients Association (ELPA) and the International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA), was conducted in Russia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom (UK) involving more than 5,000 members of the general public to provide a snapshot of public awareness across the WHO European Region.
The survey highlights the lack of awareness of viral hepatitis and demonstrated that improved public awareness about the virus is necessary so that people can assess whether they have been at risk of infection, and come forward for testing. This survey clearly reinforces the need for national governments across Europe to develop comprehensive strategies to address this.
Read the full press release here and download visual infographics detailing the key findings of the survey and information on viral hepatitis via the links below.