Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic that affects over 3 million people in the U.S. But because the disease is slow moving and symptoms may not appear for years or even decades, chronic hepatitis C (Hep C) is often pushed to the back of the mind, or forgotten. But here's something that shouldn't be forgotten — Hep C is a serious disease. If left untreated, it can lead to liver damage and potentially liver cancer. If you or someone you care about is living with Hep C and looking to know more, this is a place to find some answers — and hope. The reality is that scientific advances are changing the way people think about Hep C. And Hepatitis Awareness Month is a time to learn more and get the facts about Hep C, including how scientific advances could help cure Hep C. Cure means the virus cannot be detected in the blood when measured 3 months after treatment is completed.