Liver Health Fast Facts 2022

Posted 01 July, 2022
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Liver Health Fast Facts 2022

Our Liver Health Fast Facts flyer gives a quick overview of essential liver health information in Queensland.

Liver Health in Queensland

  • 1 in 4 Queenslanders have liver disease with many unaware and without symptoms.
  • Untreated liver disease can lead to permanent liver damage such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.
  • 70% of liver disease is preventable.
  • Looking after your liver leads to more energy and living longer with a better quality of life.

Risk Factors

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Alcohol use
  • Older age
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Recognising the risks earlier is an opportunity for prevention!


Most people with liver disease have no symptoms. Symptoms of advanced liver disease can include:

Abdominal pain
Swelling of the arms or legs
Bruising easily
Nausea or vomiting
Urine or stool changes
Jaundice (yellow skin & eyes)

Common types of liver disease

Metabolic Associated Fatty Liver Disease (MAFLD)

Caused by a build-up of fat in the liver. It affects:

  • Queensland – 1.3 million
  • Australia – 6 million
  • Worldwide – 1.95 billion

1 in 10 people with MAFLD will develop the more severe Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH).

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer)

  • Fastest growing cause of cancer related deaths in Australia
  • Affects 2,832 in Australia each year and 905,677 worldwide.
  • Costs the Australian economy approximately 4.8 billion dollars each year

Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B is now the most prevalent blood-borne virus in Australia
  • Affects 33,991 in Queensland, 222,559 in Australia, 296 million worldwide
  • 70% are not receiving regular care

Hepatitis C

  • 1 in 5 people with hepatitis C are undiagnosed
  • Affects 43,594 in Queensland, 115,000 in Australia, 58 million worldwide
  • Treatment is tablets daily for 8-12 weeks with 95% cure rate

Alcohol-Related Liver Disease (ARLD)

  • Responsible for up to 60% of liver-related hospitalisations.
  • Early signs of ARLD include fever, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and tenderness.
  • ARLD leads to inflammation of the liver and cirrhosis

Preventing Liver Disease

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Use alcohol responsibly
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get a liver health check

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