The following are the latest statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Liver Foundation:
Cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases are common disease-related causes of death in the U.S. Approximately 31,000 people in the U.S. die each year from cirrhosis.
The vast majority of cases of cirrhosis could be prevented by eliminating chronic alcohol abuse.
Approximately 2.7 to 3.9 million people in the U.S. are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. Approximately 12,000 people die of hepatitis C annually in the U.S.
Hepatitis B kills approximately 3,000 people in the U.S. annually, and 800,000 to 1.4 million people in the U.S. are infected with the virus.