(NC) Were you born between 1945 and 1975? If so, you might not know you’re at an increased risk of certain illnesses, including hepatitis C.

Recently, the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver recommended that Canadians be tested based on their age, not just possible risk factors. According to the new guidelines on the management of chronic hepatitis C, those born between 1945 and 1975 should be tested for the virus, aligning with the recommendations established by the Canadian Liver Foundation. 

There is no warning for hepatitis C because its symptoms often don’t appear until the liver is severely damaged. Undiagnosed and untreated chronic hepatitis C can lead to liver cancer and is the number one reason for liver transplants in Canada.

Many people who have this liver disease show no symptoms, and up to an estimated 70 per cent of people with chronic hepatitis C in Canada don’t even know they have the infection.

To find out your hepatitis risk, complete the Canadian Liver Foundation’s viral hepatitis questionnaire at liver.ca/hepatitisquestionnaire.