Journal of Cancer Education

, 22:266

Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans

  • Tung T. Nguyen
  • Vicky Taylor
  • Moon S. Chen
  • Roshan Bastani
  • Annette E. Maxwell
  • Stephen J. Mcphee
Articles

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tung T. Nguyen
    • 1
  • Vicky Taylor
    • 2
    • 3
  • Moon S. Chen
    • 4
  • Roshan Bastani
    • 5
  • Annette E. Maxwell
    • 5
  • Stephen J. Mcphee
    • 1
  1. 1.Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project and UCSF Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of CaliforniaSan Francisco
  2. 2.Cancer Prevention ProgramFred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterSeattle
  3. 3.Department of Health ServicesUniversity of WashingtonSeattle
  4. 4.Cancer Disparities and ResearchUniversity of California, Davis Cancer CenterLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.School of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of CaliforniaLos Angeles
  6. 6.San Francisco Medical CenterUniversity of CaliforniaSan Francisco

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