A cross-border comparison of hepatitis B testing among chinese residing in Canada and the United States.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP, Volume 10, Issue 3, p.483-90 (2009)

Keywords:

2009, Adult, Asian Continental Ancestry Group, Attitude to Health, Canada, Carcinoma, Hepatocellular, Center-Authored Paper, Collaborative Data Services Core Facility, Emigrants and Immigrants, Female, Health Behavior, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Surveys, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B virus, Humans, Liver Cirrhosis, Liver Neoplasms, Male, Middle Aged, Prognosis, Public Health Sciences Division, Questionnaires, Shared Resources, United States

Abstract:

The Western Pacific region has the highest level of endemic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in the world, with the Chinese representing nearly one-third of infected persons globally. HBV carriers are potentially infectious to others and have an increased risk of chronic active hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Studies from the U.S. and Canada demonstrate that immigrants, particularly from Asia, are disproportionately affected by liver cancer.