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Your Liver

Liver Disease by the Numbers

5.5 million

Approximate number of Americans living with chronic liver disease or cirrhosis.

3 times

Liver cancer incidence has more than tripled since 1980. About 30,000 Americans die from liver cancer each year.


Adults with excessive fat in the liver or NAFLD, which can lead to more serious liver disease.

4.4 million

Approximate number of Americans living with hepatitis B or C. Most don’t even know that they are affected.

You cannot live without your liver

Did you know it’s a really important organ?

In fact, it’s the second largest one in your body and is located right under your rib cage on your right side. It weighs about three pounds and is shaped like a football that’s flat on one side.

Your liver is important and it has many functions. The top three are that it cleans your blood of toxins, gives you energy and produces bile for digestion. Your liver processes what you eat and drink into nutrients your body uses and filters out harmful substances from your blood.

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Last Updated on August 1, 2019

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