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Liver screening roadshow comes to Swansea

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Adults in Swansea are being encouraged to get a free health check with the arrival of a mobile liver screening roadshow.

The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver roadshow is coming to Castle Square on Monday 21st March 2022 to raise awareness of liver disease.   

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The roadshow will also be visiting:

  • Cardiff – Roald Dahl Plass, CF10 4PZ – Tuesday 22/03/22
  • Newport – John Frost Square, NP20 1EA – Wednesday 23/03/22
  • Broughton – Broughton Shopping Park, CH4 0DP – Friday 25/03/22

Members of the public can go along to the mobile unit from 10am to 4pm to find out what preventative measures they can take to keep their liver healthy and may be offered a free liver scan.

Chronic liver disease has doubled over the past twenty years and is now the biggest cause of death in those aged between 35-49 years.  Nine in 10 cases of liver disease are preventable with the main causes being alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.

Wales is the only nation to have a specific policy plan to address liver disease.   Their 2015 Together for Health – Liver Disease Delivery Plan; A Delivery Plan for NHS Wales and its Partners to 2020, extended to March 2022, provides a comprehensive plan to manage liver disease in Wales.

Pamela Healy, CEO at The British Liver Trust said: “Wales has led the way with the ‘Liver Disease Delivery Plan’, which is showing some signs of improving outcomes for those diagnosed with liver disease. 

“Across the UK, one in five of us are at risk of liver disease and the numbers of people being diagnosed have been increasing at an alarming rate. Liver damage develops silently with no signs or symptoms and people often don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late. Although the liver is remarkably resilient, if left until symptoms appear, the damage is often irreversible.”

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The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver campaign focuses on three simple steps to reduce your risk of liver disease:

  • Drink within recommended limits and have three consecutive days off alcohol every week
  • Eat a healthy diet and take more exercise
  • Know the risk factors for viral hepatitis and get tested or vaccinated if at risk

If you are worried that you may be at risk, the British Liver Trust has an online screener, a simple quiz, where you can find out more. Visit www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/screener

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