- First identified in the mid-1980s.
- Considered a slowly progressing infection that attacks the liver.
- Approximately 20,000 HCV cases estimated to develop in the U.S. each year.
- Some cases resolve spontaneously, but 80% to 85% progress into chronic liver disease.
- Approximately 1/3 of cases never progress into a severe form of the disease, 1/3 progress slowly over 30 years or more, and 1/3 progress rapidly within 20 years or less.
Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, November 12, 2001. Copyright 2001 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.