Once you have hepatitis C, the virus constantly replicates, making copies of itself trillions of times every day. These new copies of the virus continue to attack the liver cells, causing inflammation, scarring, and can lead to serious liver damage, including cirrhosis (pronounced si-roh-sis) and potentially liver cancer.
can lead to
(more scar tissue
than liver tissue)
The liver is the second largest organ in the body and carries out many functions to help keep you healthy. The liver’s main function is to clean your blood of toxins by producing bile to break down fat into energy. In hep C, liver scarring (fibrosis) can prevent the liver from doing its job.
The liver is about the size of a football, reddish in color, and located below your lungs, above your stomach.