Chronic Liver Disease is comprised of two main diseases: fibrosis and cirrhosis.
Fibrosis of the liver is a condition in which damage to the liver causes healthy tissue to turn to scar tissue faster than it can be broken down.
Cirrhosis is a more advanced stage of fibrosis, and occurs when scar tissue overtakes most of the liver.
Because extensive damage to the liver is required before the development of cirrhosis, the incidence rates of the disease are fairly low. According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 101,000 people were newly diagnosed with cirrhosis in 2010, less than 1% of the population. New advancements in research and treatment technologies have made it possible to prevent the progression of fibrosis/cirrhosis in most cases, and possibly reverse liver damage in some people.