The following are the latest statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Liver Foundation, and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS):
- Cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases are common disease-related causes of death in the US. Almost 26,000 people in the US die each year from cirrhosis.
- The vast majority of cases of cirrhosis could be prevented by eliminating chronic alcohol abuse.
- Approximately 3.2 million people in the US are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. Between 8,000 to 10,000 people die of hepatitis C annually in the US.
- Hepatitis B kills around 5,000 people in the US annually, and 800,000 to 1.4 million people in the US are infected with the virus.