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Hepatitis C screening bill headed to governor’s desk

HARTFORD, Conn. –Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and it could impact as many as 5 million Americans.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that if caught early it’s curable nearly 90 percent of the time, Dr. Joseph Lim, director of the Yale Viral Hepatitis Program, said Tuesday.

“A single pill taken for 8 to 12 weeks will likely cure more than 90 percent of the patients,” Lim said. “It’s truly striking and I think it’s in that context where screening actually makes a difference.”

The population at the greatest risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control, are Baby Boomers born between 1945 and 1965. In 2012, the CDC recommended that everyone in that age group — 79 million Americans — get tested for the disease.

Only about one-third of those carrying the virus have been diagnosed, Lim said.

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