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Journal of Cancer Education

, 22:266

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Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans

  • Tung T. NguyenAffiliated withVietnamese Community Health Promotion Project and UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Email author 
  • , Vicky TaylorAffiliated withCancer Prevention Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterDepartment of Health Services, University of Washington
  • , Moon S. ChenAffiliated withCancer Disparities and Research, University of California, Davis Cancer Center
  • , Roshan BastaniAffiliated withSchool of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California
  • , Annette E. MaxwellAffiliated withSchool of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California
  • , Stephen J. McpheeAffiliated withVietnamese Community Health Promotion Project and UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California

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Abstract

Background. Due to the high prevalence of hepatitis B, Asian Americans have high rates of liver cancer. Screening for hepatitis B leads to monitoring and treatment and prevent further infection through vaccination of contacts.Methods. We reviewed the published literature up to 2006 on hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans.Results. Many Asian Americans lack knowledge about hepatitis B and have not been screened. Sociodemographics, knowledge, beliefs, and health care variables are associated with screening.Conclusionss. Further research and health policy changes are needed to address the problem of hepatitis B and liver cancer among Asian Americans.