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More Americans are dying of cirrhosis and liver cancer
by Nicholas Bakalar
The New York Times Translate This Article
18 July 2018
On 18 July 2018 The New York Times reported:
Deaths from cirrhosis and liver cancer are rising dramatically in the United States, particularly among young adults over the last decade. A possible villain: the Great Recession. From 1999 to 2016, annual cirrhosis deaths increased by 65 percent, to 34,174, according to a study published in the journal BMJ. The largest increases were related to alcoholic cirrhosis among people ages 25 to 34 years old.
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Cirrhosis, irreversible scarring of the liver, has many causes, including alcohol consumption, obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and hepatitis. Cirrhosis can lead to liver cancer and liver failure, both of which can be fatal.
The lead author, Dr. Elliot B. Tapper, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, said that one explanation for the increases beginning in 2008 could be the economic turmoil that began that year. But he is not certain.
'These are the facts: people started dying at increased rates after 2008,' he said. 'Young people are more likely to die of alcoholic cirrhosis, and we know that there is a model of despair in young unemployed men who are likely to abuse alcohol.' ...
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