Hepatitis B in Asian-American/Pacific Islander

1360 Words Jan 25th, 2018 6 Pages
People have come from all over the planet to this wonderful part of the world. What is the downside? With diversity, many genes- different genes are brought into one place. Some of these genes might confer specific resistance of some species against certain diseases and parasites that are common to that area. Certain groups of people are prone to certain diseases that they and their ancestors were vulnerable to.
Asian-Americans are people who have origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. In American census of 2000, Asians comprise of roughly 3.6% of the population or 10 million people. By 2050 the population will grow to 36.6 million people. Although Asian American women have the highest life expectancy, they “suffer disproportionately from certain types of cancers, tuberculosis and hepatitis B” (2). Liver cancer cases are relatively low in the United States but highest among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Hepatitis B is a major cause of liver disease. Approximately 1 out of 12 Asian Americans has the chronic version of Hepatitis B. Many do not recognize it before it is too late (1).
So what is Hepatitis B and what causes it? This is a liver disease that is normally spread through person to person via contact with the following: blood, semen, body fluids from a person with the virus. Most commonly, this disease unfortunately is spread from the mother to her…
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