UC Davis event targets Asian-American adults.
Asian Americans and adult children of foreign-born Asian Americans are invited to a free hepatitis B screening event Sunday (May 19) at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is being held in recognition of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and National Hepatitis Testing Day. It is funded with a federal grant aimed at boosting hepatitis B screening and preventing liver cancer in the Asian-American community.
“Our goal is to screen 1,000 foreign-born or children of foreign-born Asian Americans who are 18 years of age or older, and who are from areas where hepatitis B is endemic,” said Julie Dang, a community health program supervisor at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and study program manager.
One of every 10 Asian Pacific Islanders has hepatitis, and most do not know they have been infected because often there are no symptoms. Untreated, hepatitis B virus can lead to liver cancer. Nearly 80 percent of liver cancer cases in Asian Americans can be directly traced to the Hepatitis B virus infection.
Screening participants who test negative and need vaccination will be put on a waiting list and contacted when vaccines become available. All participants will receive a phone call and a result letter regarding their status.
“Individuals who test positive will receive individual counseling sessions to help them understand their status and get referrals for care,” said Dang.
Additional event offerings will include risk-factor screenings (hepatitis C, diabetes and blood pressure), health education and light refreshments. All participants will receive a $10 Walmart gift card for their contribution to the study.
The event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), a national organization that is headquartered at the cancer center
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is at 4501 X St. in Sacramento. To RSVP for the event, please contact Tina Fung at (916) 734-5371, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.