Although the most common causes of liver cancer, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, are completely preventable and treatable, the World Health Organization reported that there were still approximately 700,000 deaths worldwide from primary liver cancer in 20081. More than eight out of 10 (84%) cases occurred in developing countries2. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the 5th most common cancer worldwide, the 3rd most common cause of death from cancer worldwide, and the number 1 killer in an increasing number of low-resource countries.
The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) seeks to raise awareness of this growing health crisis and reduce the number of individuals affected by supporting the worldwide fight to bring recognition through education and training concerning this disease. World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2013: "LIVER CANCER: Act Today. Save Your Life Tomorrow. Awareness. Prevention. Detection. Treatment." will serve as the perfect opportunity. HCC will be addressed, as well as the disease entities and factors that predispose to HCC, including hepatitis B and C, aflatoxin, NASH, alcohol, and excess dietary iron...
WGO is pleased to announce the following activities and tools in conjunction with World Digestive Health Day 2013:
WGO encourages all member societies to organize an event to raise awareness about liver cancer in their community.
View WDHD 2013 Success Stories
To access the Global Guidelines on Common GI Symptoms please visit the Supporting Guidelines and Cascades page!