Cirrhosis of the liver is the late stage of liver disease related to conditions such as hepatitis or chronic alcoholism, according to Mayo Clinic. Cirrhosis is scar tissue formed by the liver and a condition that is permanent. Early discovery and control of the factors leading to cirrhosis limit further damage and the development of a life-threatening condition.
According to the American Liver Foundation, the human liver weighs about 3 pounds and is located on the right side of the body, protected by the rib cage. This flattened football-shaped organ processes nutrients from the food and drink a person ingests into energy while removing poisons from the blood. With cirrhosis, nonfunctioning scar tissue replaces soft liver tissue until the organ is no longer able to function, leading to a life-threatening condition.
WebMD recommends limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding risky sexual behavior to decrease the chances of developing cirrhosis of the liver. Risky sexual behavior potentially exposes the individual to hepatitis. Vaccinations against hepatitis B prevent developing this disease and exposing the liver to its risks. Individuals, whose jobs expose them to harmful chemicals that have the potential of absorption through the skin or respiration, should wear proper protective gear to prevent exposure to toxins that have the potential to scar the liver.