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Baby boomers the US preventative task as services task force is an independent panel made up of a bunch of experts.
Say that all adults that are born between 1945 and 1965.
Should now be screened for hepatitis C.
Which is the leading cause of liver damage and liver disease in this country -- they can have and it never really know what.
Fox News medical eighteen where doctor Marc Siegel is a professor of medicine at NYU.
And -- and medical center so why -- baby boomers and why this announcement now.
First of all I'm really proud of the US preventive services task force -- -- primary care doctors like myself who are always going out there and saying.
Don't get a mammogram don't get a PSA really essential screening test suddenly coming out and saying.
Hepatitis C is a huge problem let's green baby boomers -- I'm so happy they did that because.
Three quarters of the three point nine million people in the US who have hepatitis C.
Our baby boomers why because back when I was a kid we didn't have the test for hepatitis C -- you couldn't tell you had it we called it non a non B.
I had to get hepatitis C well.
Because you can get a lot of different -- you get -- from blood transfusions you get a from drug use you can get it from the illicit sexual behavior.
All kinds of ways but we weren't testing blood back in the seventies and eighties for this we didn't know what it was.
Same thing with people that might have been exposed from drug use or from sex.
We didn't test and we didn't know how to do it so a lot of baby boomers have this and don't know they have what you've been having -- -- get -- And Lindsay here there's another test yet to take any data doctors is not the most exciting news for -- and it -- away at what kind of test it.
Well you know it we usually do we just have you have elevated liver tests but it's a simple blood test I could just added to your blood work so inexpensive very easy to do gigs I got an idea exactly it should be automatic -- I'm glad that doctors are being told to do.
I did see this context that that was important because when people hear you said about 75% of those infected with hepatitis C.
Our baby boomers it is wanna point out that it's about 4%.
The total population compared to 1%.
-- just every person every age group.
That would be infected with hepatitis C so it's not like this is -- -- an outbreak amongst baby boomers and there's an alarmist them as it.
Great point you're making I'm all about -- not having fear messages out there and it's still a small percentage.
And once this test is positive and I can do something like a viral load -- genetic testing to see what you really have active disease or not.
You might not you might have been exposed to it it might have been cured but here's another statistic for you all the liver transplants in the country.
-- because of hepatitis C so why not screen for this -- especially in this age group.
He's real quick news that we can all use today is -- something that if you have a miss to the -- -- -- go and ask for right now that this cannot come out will it be enough that insurance will cover that your doctor will be receptive.
Well that's why these panels can be good that's why I was against -- with the other screening yes they should cover it now insurance should cover.
Yes you should ask your doctor about it and as I always say your doctor should be knowing it.
In advance since you should add it to routine panels three point nine million people a lot more Havoc than that practicing over a -- to the city how much John.
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