Statistics for Liver disease

Prevalence Rates of Liver disease

Currently, an estimated 5.5 million Americans (approximately 2 to 3 percent of adults) suffer from chronic liver disease or cirrhosis. The combined diagnoses of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, and liver cancer make liver disease one of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)1

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An estimated one quarter of Americans will suffer from a liver or biliary (gallbladder-related) disease at some point during their lifetime.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)2

Death Statistics for Liver disease

While death rates from some forms of liver disease are decreasing, those for viral hepatitis and liver cancer are on the rise, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)3

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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring09/ articles/ spring09pg25.html
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.

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