It’s the second largest organ in your body. It’s located right under your rib cage on your right side. It’s shaped like a football that’s flat on one side. And it weighs about three pounds.
The liver processes what we eat and drink, and then filters out the harmful substances we don’t need. But when it doesn’t work properly, the result is often very serious, life-threatening illness.
More than 2,500 children are diagnosed with liver diseases each year.
Approximately 4 million Americans are afflicted with hepatitis C, and within the next 20 years, the hepatitis C epidemic is expected to cause more deaths annually than AIDS. And, an estimated 70% are unaware that they carry the virus.
For families who are facing liver disease, education on new developments is key.
The American Liver Foundation – Desert Southwest Division presents its bi-annual FREE Liver Educational Conference on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
This is an educational conference to assist patients, their families and other parties in learning more about liver disease, the latest advances in the treatment of liver disease, and practical information on how to cope with the disease and its symptoms.
An opportunity for Q &A with participants will be provided.
The program runs from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054, main classroom 1-212.
The event is scheduled to last approximately 2 ½ hours. There is no fee for this event, but pre-registration is encouraged to reserve a seat.
Register by phone or e-mail at 602-953-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.