Saturday, November 04, 2006

UK: Cirrhosis at an early age

NORWICH, UK: As cases of liver disease continue to rise, a liver specialist has made a desperate plea for more funding to be ploughed into helping people with alcohol problems.

Dr Martin Phillips, gastroenterologist and liver consultant from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said: “People with liver disease are getting younger and there are more cases each year, but we have not got the funding to support them.

“I am seeing people as young as 27 with cirrhosis caused by excessive drinking. We can treat patients who come in but there needs to be ongoing care."

Dr Phillips said in the last 30 years deaths from cirrhosis (disease of the liver) have risen by 800pc. More.

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