| Latest Health News | Monday September 10 2012 5:53
Health professionals, scientists and community groups are calling for urgent action to stop the rising death toll from liver cancer.
Most cases are caused by chronic hepatitis but only two to three percent of people suffering from it are getting treatment.
The eighth Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference begins in Auckland today.
One of the conference organisers, Dr Benjamin Cowie says delegates will issue the 'Auckland Statement' asking for help from governments on both sides of the Tasman.
"Critically, to guarantee that five percent of people living with Hep C receive antiviral treatment each year and attempts that people living with Hepatitis B are on ongoing antiviral treatment."
Hepatitis B alone is the second most common cause of cancer, after tobacco.