Lifelines 2 - Hepatitis B and liver cancer in Asian Americans
Narrator: This is Lifelines, from NIH Radio. Here’s Dr. Moon S. Chen, Jr. from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Fagan: Unlike U.S. populations, cancer is the leading cause of death for Asian Americans. Everyone else the leading cause of death is heart disease. Hepatitis-B-induced liver cancer is our greatest cancer health disparity. The ratio of those with Hepatitis-B among foreign-born Asians is 68.5 to 1 for U.S.- born whites. At the same time, we recognize that Hepatitis-B-induced liver cancer is potentially avoidable. We do have a vaccine that’s effective and it is being applied from infancy through about age 20 that doesn’t necessarily address the adults who miss the vaccination.
Narrator: Lifelines, from NIH Radio, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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