New research by Cancer Council Victoria shows that
many people in the Vietnamese community are unaware they are at increased risk
of hepatitis B-related liver cancer .
Areas of concern were revealed in focus groups research
carried out in partnership with Victoria's Vietnamese community.
False beliefs were common in the groups. Many people did not know that:
Hepatitis B is not associated with diet and hygiene;
The risk of hepatitis B in Australia is not lower
when living in Australia; and
Your GP may not necessarily inform you of and carry
out any necessary tests.
Chris Enright, from the Prevention Division at
Cancer Council Victoria said these findings need to be seriously addressed
because Vietnamese people might be living with hepatitis B and not know it.
"Vietnamese born Australians are 6-12 times more
likely to develop hepatitis B-related liver cancer than people born in
Australia," Ms Enright said.
said most at-risk were those born overseas in countries where hepatitis B
infection is prevalent, such as the Asia Pacific region, and their children, as
the major cause of transmission is from mother to infant during birth.
"It is very possible to have hepatitis B and feel
"Knowing if you have hepatitis B is essential so you
can manage it and keep well. Asking your GP for your hepatitis B status could
save your life," she said.
hepatitis B is a major cause of liver cancer. Treatment and management of
hepatitis B can effectively prevent the development of liver cancer.
half the people living with chronic hepatitis B aren't aware of it and a lack
of symptoms often means liver cancer is diagnosed late," Ms Enright said.
from liver cancer set to double over next decade
10% of liver cancer cases linked to heavy alcohol use
- Liver cancer is the fastest-growing cancer killer
in Australia and one of the most deadly with most people only surviving less
than a year after diagnosis
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