Liver disease deaths 'up by 25%'
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Drink has helped fuel a 25% rise in liver disease deaths
In under a decade there has been a 25% increase in deaths from the condition, with alcohol causing more than a third of total cases.
In contrast, other major causes of death, such as heart disease and cancer, have been in decline in recent years.
These disturbing new figures have come from a report by the NHS National End of Life Care Programme, as one of a range of reports looking at the nature of death in England.
The report also points out that the vast majority of liver deaths are in people under the age of 70, with liver disease now accounting for 10% of deaths among people in their 40s.
The report also found that more liver deaths occur among men than women and that alcohol-related liver disease deaths are more common in the most deprived areas of England than in the least deprived areas.
The report also says that over two-thirds of people with liver disease end up dying in a hospital rather than at home.
The new report “Deaths from Liver Disease – implications for end of life care in England”, is reportedly the first to provide a high-level overview of deaths from liver disease in England.
It looks at numbers of deaths from liver disease, the underlying causes and how the figures break down by age, sex, region and socioeconomic region.
The NHS National End of Life Care Programme has produced the report as the first in a series on end-of-life care for patients with liver disease.