May 25, 2010
A spike in the rate of hepatitis C throughout Queens is behind an "unusually high rate" of liver cancer in the borough, say local health officials.
Hepatitis C is a particular concern among newly arrived immigrants from Asia and Russia, said Dr. Mitchell Chorost, director of surgical oncology at New York Hospital Queens. Chorost said the symptoms of hepatitis -- nausea, fever, and fatigue -- are vague and easily overlooked.
"These cultures are very close people," he said. "They assimilate with each other and that's how they spread these diseases."
05.20.2010; Joseph Orovic
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