Economic burden of liver cancer

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fastest growing cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia, with health-system costs and costs related to loss of productivity and wellbeing totalling $4.8 billion in 2019-20, says a new Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by the Liver Foundation. In Australia in 2019-20, 2599 people were diagnosed with primary liver cancer, with men accounting for 73% of new diagnoses. HCC comprises 68% of all liver cancer diagnoses in Australia and is over-represented in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in whom it is the third most common cause of cancer-related death. Access the report at: https://www.liver.org.au/downloaddeloittereport.

Zoonotic disease: new expert panel

A new international panel, One Health High-Level Expert Panel, has been established to address the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases. Advising the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization, the panel’s first steps will include conducting systematic analyses of knowledge on factors leading to transmission of zoonotic diseases and establishing good practices to prevent and prepare for zoonotic outbreaks.