Simple, easy...and it could save your life
WHY have a regular liver check-up?
If you’ve got hepatitis – hep B or hep C – you’ve got more risk of liver disease – things like cirrhosis (scarring), liver cancer, and liver failure. You may need treatment for your hep B or C even if you feel well. A regular liver check-up allows your liver health to be tracked. You can discuss with your doctor how to slow the progress of liver damage and decide when to start treatment. Talk to your doctor about getting a regular liver check-up.
HOW often do I need a liver check-up?
Your liver check-up may start with a liver function test and other tests to measure how well your liver is working. These blood tests can be arranged by your GP or specialist. A FibroScan, or if this isn’t available, a liver ultrasound, may also be done. The good news is that both are simple, easy and painless procedures. After your check-up, your healthcare professional can explain the results and discuss lifestyle changes, treatment options and the timing of your next check-up.
WHAT happens during a liver check-up?
Depending on the results of your last liver check-up, you may be advised to have a regular liver check-up every three, six or twelve months. Watch this video to find out exactly what happens during a liver check-up.
Many Australians living with chronic hepatitis are not benefiting from regular liver check-ups. For example, currently, 87% of people living with chronic hepatitis B are not engaged in care and as such do not receive regular liver check-ups. Experts cite a number of reasons, including low community awareness of the need for regular follow-up, stigma and discrimination, low awareness among healthcare practitioners and lack of service provision.
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What this 6 minute video to find out more about a liver check-up