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Liver disease on the increase

22nd November 2012

Liver disease is continuing to rise in England, according to the latest report from the Chief Medical Officer.

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In the document, Professor Dame Sally Davies makes the point that England remains one of the few countries in the EU where the condition is on the increase.

The Chief Medical Officer for England’s annual report shows that between 2000 and 2009, deaths from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver in the under 65s rose by around 20% while they fell by the same amount in most EU countries in 2011.

Obesity, undiagnosed viral hepatitis infection and heavy drinking are outlined as the three key causes of liver disease.

Other areas the report, which focuses on the state of the nation’s health, focuses on is diabetes.

It says diabetes care needs to be improved with more people who are registered diabetic needing to receive their annual recommended checks.

The report also wants Public Health England to ensure the capacity to capture data on long-term conditions such as loss of hearing, back pain, incontinence and dementia is as strong as current surveillance on the causes of early death.

Dame Sally said there were areas England was doing well in, but clear room for improvement in other areas.

“I was struck by the data on liver disease particularly. This is the only major cause of preventable death that is on the increase in England that is generally falling in other comparable European nations. We must act to change this,” she said.

 

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