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UAMC targets Baby Boomers for Hepatitis-C screening

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UAMC targets Baby Boomers for Hepatitis-C screening

By Greg Gurule. CREATED Jul 28, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Baby Boomer generation born between 1945 and 1965 is the greatest at-risk group of the silent killer infection, Hepatitis-C according to the University of Arizona Medical Center.  That group is five times more likely to have Hep-C, which over time can trigger serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Doctors say the disease has no symptoms, and most people who have it don't know that they are infected.  Because of the risk of being a "carrier," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people in the Baby Boomer age group be screened for Hepatitis-C.

UAMC, at 1501 N. Campbell is offering free walk-in screenings for the disease on Fridays from 8 to 11 in the morning on the 6th floor of its facility.  You can get more information on the clinic and Hepatitis-C by calling 520-621-HEPC (4372).  The screening involves a blood sample taken through a simple  finger prick that takes 20 minutes to complete.

Hepatitis-C can now be easily treated using a series of pills that have proven 95% effective.