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Liver screening roadshow comes to Albion Street in Oldham

Date published: 16 May 2019


Men and women in Oldham 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 Oldham on Monday 20th May to raise awareness of liver disease.   

Members of the public can go along to the mobile unit at Albion Street from 10am to 4pm to assess their risk of getting liver disease, find out what preventative measures they can take to keep their liver healthy and have a free liver scan.

Pamela Healy OBE, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust, said, “One in three 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.

“The Love Your Liver roadshow is a great opportunity for people to find out their risk of liver disease and the first one hundred people to attend will receive a free non-invasive scan. Approximately 20% of the people we scan need to have further checks.”

The North West has some of the highest hospital admission for liver disease rates in England.  Over 10,500 are admitted to hospital with liver disease in North West England each year and the British Liver Trust estimates 90% of these admissions could have been prevented.

The British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver campaign focuses on three simple steps to Love Your Liver back to health:

Drink within recommended limits and have three consecutive days off alcohol every week

Cut down on sugar, carbohydrates and fat, and take more exercise

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

The roadshow comprises a mobile unit where people can take a free online screening test and find out if they are at risk. Free liver health scanning will also be available using a non-invasive device. There will be expert guidance on how to keep your liver healthy from healthcare professionals who will be on hand to provide advice on diet, exercise and healthy living.

If you can’t attend the event in Preston, you can still find out if you are at risk and check your liver health online by doing the online screening test at https://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/screener

 


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