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Hepatitis B vaccinations among Koreans: Results from 2005 Korea National Cancer Screening Survey

dc.contributor.authorJuon, Hee-Soon
dc.contributor.authorChoi, Kui Son
dc.contributor.authorPark, Eun-Cheol
dc.contributor.authorKwak, Min-Son
dc.contributor.authorLee, Sunmin
dc.identifier.citationJuon, HS., Choi, K.S., Park, EC. et al. Hepatitis B vaccinations among Koreans: Results from 2005 Korea National Cancer Screening Survey. BMC Infect Dis 9, 185 (2009).en_US
dc.description.abstractLiver cancer is one of most commonly diagnosed cancers among Koreans. Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor for liver cancer. HBV infection can be prevented by effective screening and vaccination programs. The purpose of this study is to examine the status of HBV infection and the predictors associated with HBV vaccination. The study population was derived from the 2005 Korea National Cancer Screening Survey (KNCSS). The KNCSS is an annual cross-sectional survey that uses a nationally-representative random sampling to investigate cancer screening rates. A total of 1,786 Koreans over 40 years of age participated in this study. Of all the participants, 5.9% reported HBV positive (HBsAg+, HBsAb-), 41.8% were HBV negative but protected (HBsAg-, HBsAb+), and 52.3% were unprotected (HBsAg-, HBsAb-). Among unprotected individuals (n = 934), 23.1% reported to have received the vaccination. About half of those who had vaccinations completed the 3-shot vaccine series. In multiple analyses, education, having private cancer insurance, alcohol use, having regular check-up, and doing regular exercise were associated with completed HBV vaccination. This study result suggests that we need a liver cancer education program to increase HBV awareness and to increase the liver cancer prevention message among low educated populations.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen_US
dc.subjectCancer Screeningen_US
dc.subjectLight Drinkeren_US
dc.subjectNational Health Insurance Corporationen_US
dc.subjectNational Cancer Screening Programen_US
dc.subjectLiver Cancer Preventionen_US
dc.titleHepatitis B vaccinations among Koreans: Results from 2005 Korea National Cancer Screening Surveyen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtEpidemiology & Biostatistics
dc.relation.isAvailableAtSchool of Public Health
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM)
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)

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