DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — October is National Liver Awareness Month. Digestive Health Specialist’s Dr. George Nelson joined Wake Up Wiregrass to discuss liver disease.
Dr. Nelson said that 33,000 people pass away from liver disease each year and that about one in ten will have some sort of liver disease.
Those diseases can come in many different forms but majority are non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases.
Each year forty thousand people are diagnosed with liver cancer.
Maybe the worst part about liver disease is how hard it is to detect at an early stage. That is if you do not go and get scanned.
Dr. Nelson advises all adults to be screened for hepatitis C annually.
For more on liver disease or to contact Dr. Nelson visit LiverFoundation.org