Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Press Release of the Week: Hepatitis Day!

Oh, and it's on Malcolm X's birthday, no less. Snaps to Shrita Sterlin and the rest of Congressman Ed Towns' office on this one.

Rep. Towns’ Statement in Observance of World Hepatitis Day

WASHINGTON , D.C. – U.S. Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10) issued the following statement today in observance of World Hepatitis Day:

“We renew our commitment today to improving awareness of chronic viral hepatitis, a silent, yet highly infectious, liver disease that affects hundreds of millions people worldwide.

“One in 12 people worldwide is infected with either hepatitis B or C – two diseases that, together, pose one of the biggest threats to the health of communities across the globe. In the United States , viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer, while chronic hepatitis B and C affect an estimated 5 million Americans and cause approximately 15,000 deaths each year.

“Only when we raise awareness of this disease, provide access to treatment and support for those who are living with hepatitis, will we being to reverse the high global infection rate. Until then, we must recognize the need for a comprehensive public health response around the world and here at home.

“I encourage all Americans to join the global fight against viral hepatitis. I proudly support national and local organizations that are working tirelessly to stamp out this silent crisis in our nation, and I urge my colleagues to join me in raising awareness about this disease. In honor of World Hepatitis Day, let us work together to eradicate this growing crisis at home and around the world.”

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