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Statistics: Approximately 1 in 12 persons worldwide, or some 500 million people, are living with chronic viral hepatitis ;1 million

of those who are infected die each year, primarily from cirrhosis or liver cancer resulting from their hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections .Many of those who are chronically infected with viral hepatitis are unaware of their infection as the virus can go 20 to 30 years before they develop symptoms or feel sick. As a result, even though a person has no symptoms and may appear healthy, the virus can still be detected in the blood and damage to the liver can still be occurring. Viral hepatitis is among the top 10 infectious disease killers and the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Both chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C cause approximately 80% of the world's liver cancer and cirrhosis that have contributed to the increases in rates of liver cancer in recent decades.(CDC, 2012) Top Leading Causes of Death from 2009 to 2010

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_04.pdf

PHILIPPINES TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

Causes Coronary Heart Disease Influenza & Pneumonia Stroke Tuberculosis Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Violence Lung Disease Kidney Disease Asthma Lung Cancers Road Traffic Accidents Peptic Ulcer Disease Liver Disease Diarrhoeal diseases Liver Cancer Congenital Anomalies Other Injuries Endocrine Disorders Breast Cancer Drownings Dengue Malnutrition War Rheumatic Heart Disease Colon-Rectum Cancers Low Birth Weight Oral Cancer Meningitis Other Neoplasms Birth Trauma Leukemia Anaemia Stomach Cancer Falls Measles Maternal Conditions Suicide Cervical Cancer

Deaths 57,864 46,900 40,245 35,867 35,001 18,512 17,152 13,473 12,960 10,471 8,518 8,175 7,423 7,232 6,628 6,358 6,122 5,611 4,843 4,085 3,793 3,406 3,174 2,933 2,855 2,839 2,720 2,643 2,584 2,531 2,492 2,486 2,259 2,111 2,109 2,095 2,094 2,054 1,856

% 13.73 11.13 9.55 8.51 8.30 4.39 4.07 3.20 3.07 2.48 2.02 1.94 1.76 1.72 1.57 1.51 1.45 1.33 1.15 0.97 0.90 0.81 0.75 0.70 0.68 0.67 0.65 0.63 0.61 0.60 0.59 0.59 0.54 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.49 0.44

40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Skin Disease Inflammatory/Heart Prostate Cancer Epilepsy Lymphomas Pancreas Cancer Tetanus Ovary Cancer Hepatitis B Fires Uterin Cancer

1,620 1,406 1,290 1,250 1,127 1,061 956 949 883 766 745

0.38 0.33 0.31 0.30 0.27 0.25 0.23 0.23 0.21 0.18 0.18

Source: http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/country-health-profile/philippines Latest WHO data (2010) Based on the gathered statistic, liver diseases ranked 14th with 7,232 deaths or 1.72% at the total death by cause in the Philippines.