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Liver Disease Statistics

The following are the latest statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Liver Foundation:

  • Cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases are common disease-related causes of death in the U.S. Approximately 31,000 people in the U.S. die each year from cirrhosis.

  • The vast majority of cases of cirrhosis could be prevented by eliminating chronic alcohol abuse.

  • Approximately 2.7 to 3.9 million people in the U.S. are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. About 16,000 people die of hepatitis C annually in the U.S.

  • Hepatitis B kills approximately 3,000 people in the U.S. annually, and 1.2 million people in the U.S. are infected with the virus.

Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Taylor, Wanda, L., RN, PhD.
Date Last Reviewed: 4/26/2014
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