Impact on the body

Advances in medicine mean that no one needs to suffer from hepatitis C, or have the worry of hep C complications hanging over them. Hep C can cause liver cirrhosis, a slowly progressing condition in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly. If left untreated hep C can also lead to serious and life-threatening complications like liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Approximately one in five people with chronic hepatitis C, if left untreated, will develop cirrhosis within their lifetime.

It is important to seek medical advice to understand how hep C is affecting your body, and to ensure you have an appropriate monitoring and care plan in place to help you avoid serious complications. See the Treat and Manage section for more information.

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