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Hepatitis B Vaccinations at Birth Are Tied to Less Liver Cancer, Taiwan Study Finds

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Vaccinating children against hepatitis B at birth can significantly reduce liver cancer in older children, a new study in Taiwan has found.

Hepatitis B vaccination at birth became standard policy in Taiwan in 1984. For the 20-year follow-up study, scientists at the National Taiwan University Hospital collected data on nearly 2,000 children and young people given diagnoses of early-stage liver cancer.

Among children ages 6 to 19, there were only 64 cases in the vaccinated group, compared with 444 in the unvaccinated group.
 
 

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