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J Cancer Educ. 2007 Winter;22(4):266-72.

Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans.

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Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project and UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. Tung.Nguyen@ucsf.edu

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further research and health policy changes are needed to address the problem of hepatitis B and liver cancer among Asian Americans.

PMID:
18067441
DOI:
10.1080/08858190701645751
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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