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Liver Damage Is a Growing Epidemic

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  • Between 2000 and 2016, the annual death toll from liver cancer in the U.S. rose by 43 percent for men and 40 percent for women. Globally, hepatocellular carcinoma is the second leading cause of cancer death
  • Other liver-related diseases such as cirrhosis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are also becoming more prevalent, both of which raise your risk of liver cancer
  • Between 2001 and 2013, diagnosed cirrhosis cases nearly doubled; deaths from cirrhosis increased by 65 percent between 1999 and 2016. The greatest increase was among those between the ages of 25 and 34, where alcoholic cirrhosis has become rampant
  • Alcohol-induced cirrhosis and NAFLD can be reversed in their early stages by quitting drinking and cutting out processed fructose, respectively
  • Folate, milk thistle, NAC, coffee and broccoli all help promote healthy liver function

By Dr. Mercola

According to the American Cancer Society, liver cancer affects an estimated 41,000 Americans each year, and prevalence is rising. Between 2000 and 2016, the annual death toll from liver cancer rose by 43 percent for men and 40 percent for women, killing more than 11,000 people in 2016. The five-year survival rate for localized liver cancer is 31 percent, while regional cancer that has spread to other organs and distant liver cancer have survival rates of just 11 percent and 3 percent respectively.


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