Liver disease on the rise

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise awareness of the growing problem of liver disease.

Deaths from liver diseases have risen by 25 per cent in the last ten years, in contrast to other major causes of death, which are all showing a downward trend.

With one in 10 deaths of people in their forties being liver-related, there is an urgent need to address this health inequality.

Mark Menzies attended a reception in Parliament last week to learn more about the problem and has pledged his support to the campaign, run by All Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group and the Hepatitis C Trust.

He said: “Liver disease is a growing problem and for too long has not been the priority for health services.

“It is essential that action is taken to increase awareness, prevention, testing, diagnosis and support for patients”.

“Causes of liver diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, obesity and alcohol are preventable.

“Local Public Health Commissioners must make sure they are using their resources to tackle the issue and support patients.”

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