Liver disease rises in England while falling elsewhere in Europe, report says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7931
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The chief medical officer for England has called for urgent action to stem the surge in cases of liver disease.

In her first annual report, published today, Sally Davies said that tackling the rising incidence of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis was a pressing priority.1 Cases rose by around 20% in people aged under 65 between 2000 and 2009 in England but fell by the same amount in most European Union countries.

The report, which has collated a range of data to provide a detailed picture of the nation’s health, says that a failure to tackle the three main causes of liver disease—­obesity, undiagnosed infection, and, increasingly, harmful …

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