Sun, Aug 08, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Celebrities attend launch of book on liver disease

By Evelyn Shih  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER , WITH CNA

The Liver Disease Prevention and Research Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday with the presentation of a new book entitled Celebrities' Stories of Success Against Liver Diseases.

A number of celebrities were invited to the party to share their experiences of fighting liver diseases.

They included ICRT DJ David Wong (大衛王), actor Shih Ying (石英), Aborigine legislator May Chin (高金素梅), former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起), former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德), Yieh Loong Corporation chairman Lin I-shou (林義守) and Yuen Foong Yu Group chairman Ho Show-chung (何壽川).

Sung Juei-low (宋瑞樓), president of the foundation, said they have worked closely with health authorities over the past decade to educate the public about liver diseases, and that it is a comfort that vaccines are now available to protect the younger generation against hepatitis B.

The foundation will dedicate itself to various publicity activities in the future with the ultimate goal of wiping out liver diseases, Sung said.

According to the foundation, an average of 10,000 people die of liver diseases such as liver cancer, acute hepatitis and sclerosis of the liver in Taiwan every year.

In addition, the number of hepatitis B virus carriers is estimated at 3 million, one-quarter of whom are not aware that they have the disease.

There are approximately 30,000 carriers of the hepatitis C virus, and one-third of these people do not know they are carrying the virus, Sung said.

The foundation urged members of the public to have themselves vaccinated against hepatitis B. There is still no vaccine against hepatitis C.

Ho and Chen Yu-hao (陳由豪), former Tuntex Group chairman, who is currently a fugitive from the law, each donated NT$5 million to enable the founding of the group.

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