Is hepatitis b infection associated with liver cancer?

Yes. Unlike most viral hepatitides, hepatitis b is associated with liver cancer regardless of the presence of cirrhosis. Therefore, blood test (i.e. Alpha-fetoprotein) and imaging study (i.E abdominal ultrasound) are recommended every 6 months beginning at the age of 40.
Yes. Liver cancer is the most common cancer in asia because almost 25% of the asian population has hepatitis b. Many patients acquire hepatitis b from their mothers and can develop liver cancer as early as mid 20s.
Yes. Yes. Patient with chronic hepatitis b will require screening for liver cancer at some point. Current recommendations are starting at age 20 for african born individuals and age 40 for asian born individuals. However, patients prior to these ages can develop cancer. High HBV viral loads are associated with increased risk of cancer. As always develop a screening plan with your liver doctor.

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Does hepatitis b lead to liver cancer?

Yes it can . Yes hepatitis b can lead to a liver cancer. Majority of hepatitis b will be cured and resolved by your immune system- some of them however will continue and go into chronic active phase -where the virus remains active and viable inside your body- and this can lead into further damage to your liver - i.e. Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Read more...

Are there home remedies I can take for my hepatitis b infection?

No. No herbal or holisitc medications have ever been shown in randomized control clinical trials to control the hepatitis b virus or to prevent liver cancer or liver cirrhosis. There is some support that coffee may prevent liver cancer, but this has not been shown in hepatitis b patients. Read more...
No. No. If you have chronic active hepatitis b, you need to see a hepatologist to discuss treatment options. Read more...
No. It is difficult to recommend home remedies because they have not been tested to be effective for various diseases and this is true for hepatitis b as well. Read more...
No. There are no peer-reviewed studies that showing home remedies, homeopathic medications or herbal products being successful in treating hepatitis b. In addition, one should be cautious of over the counter medications and certain herbal products as many of these are processed through the liver, potentially causing further injury to the liver. Best to see a physician liver specialist (hepatologist.). Read more...
No. In asia milk thistle is commonly taken. Its active ingredient silimarin has antioxidative properties, but it is not curative for hepatitis b. Read more...

How long can a person traced with hepatitis b infection survive?

Depends. Not an easy question to answer in detail since the effects of any illness or condition depend on the person. In general in 2013 would be optimistic about treatment and life. Some people with severe liver damage from hepatitis b may be able to have a liver transplant and extend life even further. Recommend sitting down with your doctor to go over the specific situation. Read more...