Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that causes inflammation (swelling and reddening) that can lead to liver damage. Hepatitis B, also called Hep B, can cause cirrhosis (hardening or scarring), liver cancer and even death.
Although liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world, it is the second most common cause of cancer deaths. Many people do not realize that chronic hepatitis B is the primary global risk factor for developing liver cancer.
Certain viruses, including hepatitis B, can cause hepatitis, which translates to inflammation of liver. The virus attacks the liver and weakens its ability to perform important tasks like filtering toxins from your blood and maintaining the level of sugar in your blood. Chronic (long-term) infection with hepatitis B viruse can lead to liver cancer.
Some people who are infected never feel sick. Others who are newly infected have symptoms that last for several weeks. Symptoms may be minor or intense and may include:
* Achy muscles or joints.
* Stomach pain.
* Loss of appetite.
* Mild fever.
* Loose stool (diarrhea).
* Lack of energy.
* Having yellow skin or eyes (jaundice).
* Being sick to your stomach.
* Brown urine.
More than 90% of people who get hepatitis B as adults ultimately may damage their liver. Click here to see cure.
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