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This blog needs to address a potentially fatal condition that can strike baby boomers. Hepatitis C,  which in many cases can be treated with antiviral medications,  led to over 15 thousand fatalities in 2007 alone. Hepatitis C, which can be spread from person to person by drug use, can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants all baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) to be tested for Hepatitis C. According to an article by HealthDay reporter Steven Reinberg, many cases appear in the baby boomer years; most were infected in their teens and 20s and don’t know they are infected.

The article says that the cure rate, with antiviral medications, can reach 75 percent.

The HealthDay article provides a link to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so you can learn more about Hepatitis C and how it can spread from person to person.

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