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Deaths from hepatitis C-related liver disease fall

Deaths from hepatitis C-related liver disease fall

Fall in deaths from hepatitis C-related liver disease

Deaths from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease have decreased by 11% in the last year in England, but diagnoses of advanced liver disease and related cancers remain stable.

This is according to new figures from Public Health England (PHE), which come after a continued rise in the number of deaths from hepatitis C over the last decade.

Why have deaths fallen?

PHE attributes the fall to increased use of new antiviral medications. Now available on the NHS, these drugs have the potential to cure the condition in most cases. They also come with fewer side effects than previously used medicines.

The number of people accessing treatment has risen by 19% on the previous year and by 125% on pre-2015 levels.