North East Medical Services Daly City Clinic Launches Free Hep B Screenings to Target Filipino Community

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WHAT: On Thursday, July 18, North East Medical Services (NEMS) in conjunction with Hep B Free San Mateo County and San Francisco Hep B Free, will host a community launch of free weekly hepatitis b screenings at the NEMS Daly City clinic. Community leaders and the public will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the free screenings that will take place every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free testing will be available until 4 p.m. and appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

WHEN:  Thursday, July 18 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: 
North East Medical Services (NEMS) Daly City Clinic
211 Eastmoor Ave.
Daly City

WHO:
Daly City Mayor Ray Buenaventura
Daly City Vice Mayor David Canepa
Councilwoman Carol Klatt
Office of Assemblymember Phil Ting
Office of Senator Leland Yee
ABS-CBN Reporter Henni Espinosa
NEMS CEO Eddie Chan
NEMS Medical Director Dr. Kenneth Tai
San Francisco Hep B Free Executive Director Genevieve Jopanda
San Mateo Hep B Free’s Karen Stone

 

WHY:

As many as 1 in 10 Asian and Pacific Islanders are chronically infected with hepatitis B, world-wide. Of these, 2 out of 3 don’t know they are infected and 1 in 4 will develop liver cancer or liver disease if untreated. Nearly 80% of all liver cancer cases are directly associated with chronic hepatitis B. Across the globe, approximately 1 million people die from liver cancer or liver disease each year as a direct result of hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is so dangerous because it is a silent killer. Unlike other diseases, the hepatitis B virus quietly and continuously attacks the liver over many years often without creating noticeable symptoms. The majority of those chronically infected contract the disease unknowingly at birth from their mothers. For those who are chronic carriers, there is a significant increased risk of developing serious liver complications in as early as one’s mid twenties. Chronic carriers might feel and test perfectly healthy and still develop deadly liver cancer. Simple but specific tests must be used to detect the virus. Unfortunately, these tests are not normally given during checkups and otherwise healthy individuals become victims. Protecting one’s self is easy. An affordable vaccine exists that protects an individual for life.

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