An analysis of death rates by the British Liver Trust has shown that there has been a significant increase of liver cancer since 1997. On average, these deaths have increased by almost three quarters (74%) in England and Wales during this period. Both Scotland and Northern Ireland are also experiencing an upward trend in deaths from liver cancer.

Andrew Langford, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust, says: “Liver disease seems to be the poor relation to the other big killers yet is the only health problem out of the big five showing an increasing trend. The situation is now at breaking point and we need to see direct action to prevent the daily death rate from liver cancer increasing.”

Liver disease encompasses a huge realm of public health issues affecting a large part of the UK population – either through obesity, alcohol or viral hepatitis.

Sourced from : British Liver Trust