Soaring Liver Cancer Death Rate: Are Alcohol And Obesity To Be Blamed?

London (Parliament Politic Magazine) – One of the country’s prominent health charities is urgently demanding action to mitigate the “carcinogenic impact” of inexpensive alcohol and unhealthy food, following a staggering 40% surge in liver cancer fatalities over the past ten years.

The British Liver Trust has issued a warning that liver cancer has now become the most rapidly escalating form of cancer in the United Kingdom. Mortality rates for liver cancer have more than tripled since the early 1970s.

British Liver Trust Blames Alcohol And Obesity For The Soaring Death Rate

Pamela Healy, the esteemed Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust, emphasized that alcohol and obesity are the primary catalysts behind this surge in cases and deaths. “Many individuals are currently consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and struggling with weight issues. It is imperative that the government takes immediate action to address these concerns.

By implementing effective interventions, the government can foster a healthier environment that benefits all citizens. Specifically, urgent measures are required to combat the widespread availability and affordability of unhealthy food options.”

British Liver Trust Submits Evidence On The Rising Rates of Liver Cancer

The government’s recent decision to delay the implementation of regulations prohibiting supermarket multi-buy promotions on unhealthy food items has prompted an intervention. Furthermore, the Association of Directors of Public Health has been urging ministers to adopt minimum unit pricing on alcohol, a policy that has already been successfully implemented in Scotland since 2018, with a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol.

In light of an ongoing inquiry by the parliamentary health and social care committee, which aims to explore innovative approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment, the British Liver Trust has submitted compelling evidence highlighting the alarming rise in liver cancer rates.

 By incorporating these changes, the writing becomes more engaging, professional, and easier to comprehend. The submission emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis, improved access to highly effective treatments, and a heightened emphasis on prevention.

It highlights that the primary risk factor for liver cancer is liver disease, which can be mitigated through lifestyle modifications such as reducing alcohol consumption and achieving weight loss. By addressing these concerns, we can not only enhance the overall well-being of individuals but also significantly reduce the incidence of liver cancer.

Figures Compiled By Cancer Research Shows Alcohol And Obesity Impact On Liver Cancer

According to data compiled by Cancer Research, the mortality rates for liver cancer in the UK have seen a concerning rise from 6.4 per 100,000 of the population in 2007-09 to 9.3 in 2017-19. This places primary liver cancer among the cancers with the lowest survival rates.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the British Liver Trust emphasizes the importance of enhanced surveillance for high-risk groups with liver disease. By ensuring earlier diagnosis, we can significantly improve survival rates. Additionally, the Trust advocates for increased investment in liver cancer research, which holds the potential to make significant strides in combating this disease.


The government is now facing mounting scrutiny regarding its effectiveness in preventing obesity. In fact, Danone UK and Ireland, a prominent food company, recently urged ministers to consider implementing taxes on products high in fat, sugar, or salt. This proposed measure aims to address the obesity crisis that plagues the nation. By addressing these pressing concerns, we can work towards a healthier future for all.

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The Department Of Health And Care Aims To Detect Liver Cancer At Early Stages

In its submission to the inquiry, the Department of Health and Social Care has expressed its unwavering commitment to the goal of diagnosing 75% of cancers at stage 1 and stage 2 by 2028. To achieve this, the department has implemented various measures, including community health liver checks for individuals at high risk of cirrhosis, with a particular focus on underprivileged communities.

A spokesperson from the DHSC emphasized their proactive approach, stating, “We are taking decisive action to promote healthier food and beverage options, as well as combatting the pervasive issue of obesity.

We recognize that obesity not only exacts a heavy toll on the NHS, costing approximately £6.5 billion annually, but also stands as the second leading cause of cancer. However, we also acknowledge the importance of individual autonomy and personal choice in matters of lifestyle.

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.