Hepatitis B awareness, knowledge, and screening among Asian Americans

J Cancer Educ. Winter 2007;22(4):266-72. doi: 10.1007/BF03174128.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asian Americans*
  • Awareness*
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hepatitis B / complications
  • Hepatitis B / diagnosis*
  • Hepatitis B / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / etiology
  • Mass Screening*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States