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Liver screener to visit Sunderland

Higher hospital admissions and death rate from liver disease in the North East than the average for England.

Seven out of ten people in Sunderland are overweight or obese, one of the highest percentages in England, but fewer than 10% are aware that being overweight is a major cause of liver disease. The North East also has a far higher rate of hospital admissions and death from liver disease than the average in England. Most liver disease can be prevented with earlier diagnosis and the national charity, the British Liver Trust is visiting the region to raise awareness. 

The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver campaign is visiting Sunderland on Monday 19th  June and will be providing free liver checks in a branded mobile screening unit. The Love Your Liver awareness campaign aims to reach the one in five people in the UK who may have the early stages of liver disease, but are unaware of it.

Andrew Langford Chief Executive, British Liver Trust said, “Liver disease and cancer of the liver affects millions of people in the UK – and the numbers diagnosed have been increasing at an alarming rate. It is a silent killer and people often don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late. Although the liver is remarkably resilient, if left until you see signs it is often irreversible.  I would urge everyone to take our online screener on our website to see if they are at risk and if you are in the area please pop down to our mobile screening unit”

Harriet Mitchison, Consultant, Sunderland Royal Hospital (City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust) said, “At the moment three quarters of people newly diagnosed with liver disease already have cirrhosis of the liver at the time of diagnosis. By this time for many it is too late. We are delighted to be supporting the British Liver Trust with this campaign to raise awareness and alert people to the risk factors. Early diagnosis and awareness really can save lives.”

Liver disease is largely preventable. More than 90% is due to three main risk factors: obesity, alcohol and viral hepatitis. The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver campaign focuses on three simple steps to Love Your Liver back to health:

  • Drink within recommended limits and have three consecutive days off alcohol every week
  • Cut down on sugar, carbohydrates and fat and take more exercise
  • Know the risk factors for viral hepatitis and get tested or vaccinated if at risk

The Roadshow comprises a mobile unit where people can take a free online screening test and find out if they are at risk. There will be expert advice on how to keep your liver healthy from healthcare professionals who will be on hand to provide advice on diet, exercise and healthy living.

The Trust provides support and detailed information for anyone with, or affected by a liver condition. For more information, details of all the screening events or to take the online ‘Love Your Liver’ health screener, visit www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/our-work/love-your-liver/

The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver mobile screening unit will be at University of Sunderland, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD on Monday 19th June and anyone wishing to take advantage of this free event should attend between 10am and 3pm.

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