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Without swift unprecedented action, more than 2 million Americans could die.
The American Cancer Society sets the record straight.
Increased risk of death for people with hepatitis C who use alcohol, smoke cigarettes, use drugs , eat poorly, and don’t exercise.
Among people with HCV, unhealthy behaviors such as smoking contribute as much to their higher risk of death as the virus itself.
This disparity is driven by heavy drinking or injection drug use, an indication that changing such behaviors may save lives.
People coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C have a much lower risk of death after being cured of hep C.
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is associated with a 50 percent greater risk of death than non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
People with hepatitis C virus die 15 years earlier and have a 12-times greater risk of death when compared with those without the virus.
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