Quick Stats: Liver disease

  • Liver disease kills more people every year.

  • On average 8,700 lives were lost due to liver disease in England - 24 people EACH DAY. 

  • Liver disease is almost entirely preventable with the major risk factors: alcohol, obesity and hepatitis B and C accounting for up to 90% of cases.

  • In England, 7 people every week die due to non-alcohol related fatty liver disease (774 people died between 2015–2017).  

  • About three-quarters of people infected with acute hepatitis C develop a chronic condition that can lead to end-stage liver disease or liver cancer. During 2015 to 2017, the rate of deaths in those aged under 75 from hepatitis C related end-stage liver disease or liver cancer was 966 deaths. The mortality trend has not changed significantly at the national level since 2010 to 2012. However rates have started to plateau.

  • 199 premature deaths from hepatitis B related end-stage liver disease or hepatocellular carcinoma occurred from 2015 to 2017 in England,

  • In England, mortality from alcohol-related liver disease in people under 75, was 12,812 deaths.

  • The mortality rate for alcohol related liver disease has been increasing since 2012 to 2014 and in 2015 to 2017 is significantly higher.

  • There are over 100 liver conditions – but generally speaking, the majority are either lifestyle related or hereditary.

All statistics sourced from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/liver-disease-profiles-november-2018-update/liver-disease-profiles-short-statistical-commentary-november-2018 

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