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Liver Disease Statistics

The following are the latest statistics available from the CDC 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 3.5 to 4.6 million people in the U.S. are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. About 2,000 people die of hepatitis C annually in the U.S.

  • Hepatitis B kills approximately 2,000 people in the U.S. annually, and 85,000 to 2.2 million people in the U.S. are infected with the virus.

Medical Reviewers:

  • Freeborn, Donna, PhD, CNM, FNP
  • Lehrer, Jenifer, MD