Chance to have your liver health checked when a mobile screening unit arrives in Blackpool

One in five adults in Blackpool can walk around with liver disease and be completely unconscious as there are usually no symptoms in the early stages, the British Liver Trust warns.

The mobile unit will be in St John’s Square, Church Street, on Friday September 30 and people can come there between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to find out what preventative measures they can take to keep their liver healthy and see offering a free liver analysis.

Nine out of ten cases of liver disease are preventable, with the main causes being alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.

The Liver Trust roadshow will take place in Blackpool on Friday 30 September.

Pamela Healy, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said: ‘One in five of us is at risk of liver disease and the number of people being diagnosed has risen at an alarming rate. Liver damage develops silently without signs or symptoms, and people often don’t realize they have a problem until it’s too late. Although the liver is remarkably resilient, if left until symptoms appear, the damage is often irreversible.

“The Love Your Liver Tour is a great opportunity for people to find out about their risk for liver disease. About 20% of the people we scan need to undergo additional checks. »

The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver campaign focuses on three simple steps to getting healthy with Love Your Liver:

Drink within recommended limits and have three consecutive alcohol-free days each week;

Reduce your intake of sugar, carbohydrates and fats and exercise more;

Know the risk factors for viral hepatitis and get tested or vaccinated if you are at risk.

The roadshow includes a mobile unit where people can take a free online screening test and find out if they are at risk.

A free liver health scan will also be available using a non-invasive device. Health professionals will be on hand to provide advice on diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

The North West has one of the highest liver disease death rates in England, with 1,838 deaths in the North West in 2020, two to three times the national average.

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