Attitudes toward HBV and Liver Cancer Prevention among Chinese Americans

Abstract

Liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in Asian/Pacific Islander Americans (APIs) (SEER 2008), and the majority of cases are attributable to chronic hepatitis B (Hwang et al., 1996; Parkin, 2006). Because over 80% of liver cancer cases and deaths worldwide occur in eastern and southeastern Asia, Melanesia, and subSaharan Africa (Parkin et al., 2005), it is largely perceived as a problem of the developing world. However, a sizeable and growing proportion of the US population particularly immigrants from high-incidence regions is at elevated risk of developing liver cancer, making it a vital public health problem in the US as well. The discrepancy in liver cancer incidence between APIs and other racial/ ethnic groups is ascribed mainly to variation in the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B, which affects approximately 10% of the population in eastern and southeastern Asia, as well as migrants from these regions (Custer et al., 2004). In contrast, the prevalence is only

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@inproceedings{Chang2009AttitudesTH, title={Attitudes toward HBV and Liver Cancer Prevention among Chinese Americans}, author={Ellen T. Chang and Bang Nguyen and Samuel K. So}, year={2009} }