JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - According to the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) baby boomers are five times more likely to be diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
The disease is the leading cause of liver cancer, causes serious health problems including but not limited to liver damage and cirrhosis.
MSDH attributes the statistics to people who may have received blood transfusions in the 1970's and 80's when Hep C rates were high and blood was not screened for the disease.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and healthcare professions encourage anyone born between 1945 to 1965 to get tested. Others at risk include anyone who has a drug addiction and uses needles or someone who is HIV positive.
The department is holding a free health fair onto provide more information on Hepatitis and other chronic illnesses.
- Thursday, May 17, Jackson Medical Mall Community Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information on Hepatitis C, visit the MSDH website