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The European Association for the Study of the Liver estimates that approximately 29 million people in the European Union suffer from a chronic liver condition28. Chronic liver disease is the fifth most common cause of death in Europe29.

Data suggests that about 0.1% of the European population is affected by cirrhosis, corresponding to an estimated 170,000 deaths per year. There are large intra-European variations, for example about 0.1% of Hungarian males die of cirrhosis every year, compared with 0.001% of Greek females30.

Hepatitis, the most common liver disease, is estimated to affect over 10 million people in Europe28.

Liver cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths globally, and the 14th most prevalent in Europe30. It accounts for 5.4%, or 695,000 deaths worldwide (47,000 deaths in Europe)28,31. Liver cancer is the leading cause of death amongst patients with liver cirrhosis32.

Epidemiological projections have suggested that the number of people at risk of chronic liver disease is increasing33.

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