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KHEIR Offers Opportunity to Learn More About Hepatitis B

KHEIR and Gilead Sciences Co-Host Seminar with Renowned Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist Dr. Ho Bae

(LOS ANGELES, CA - December 4, 2009) - On Wednesday, December 9th, KHEIR Center has the pleasure of co-hosting renowned Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist Dr. Ho Bae with Gilead Sciences. Please join us in learning about Hepatitis B and how it affects most of us and our families!

Location: KHEIR Center
3727 W. 6th Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(Northeast corner of Harvard & 6th Street)

Time: Wednesday, December 9th
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

Quick Facts About Hepatitis B & Liver Cancer
  • About 1/3 of people infected with Hepatitis B do not know how they were infected.
  • It is often referred to as a "silent killer" because 70% of its victims are asymptomatic.
  • Half of the mortalities caused by this disease are people of Asian descent.
  • Korean Americans have 8 times the risk of liver cancer compared to their Caucasian counterparts.
  • 1 out of 4 chronic carriers will die from cirrhosis or liver cancer later in life.
  • Liver cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer among Korean Americans.
  • Liver cancer rates among males are 13 times higher for Vietnamese Americans, 8 times higher for Chinese Americans and 6 times higher for Korean Americans than Caucasians.
  • The greatest health disparity between Asian Americans and Caucasians is liver cancer, 80% of which is caused by chronic Hepatitis B.

    About Dr. Ho Bae
    Dr. Bae earned his medical degree at and completed a residency in internal medicine at LAC/USC Medical Center. Along the way, he received several awards, including the Brautbar Resident Teaching Award and the award for best senior resident. He completed fellowships in hepatology at LAC/USC Medical Center and in gastroenterology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. A trailblazer in eradicating Hepatitis B, Dr. Bae, along with his dedicated volunteers, has screened thousands of at-risk members of the Asian American community. Dr. Bae is actively involved in patient and physician education regarding chronic hepatitis B and other aspects of the liver disease. Dr. Bae currently serves as the Medical Director of the Asian Pacific Liver Center at St. Vincent Medical Center.

    About KHEIR
    KHEIR Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency founded in 1986, offers culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and social services to the low income, limited-English speaking Korean and Latino residents of Southern California. In addition to operating the only full-time community clinic with majority Korean patient base in the United States to offer assistance in English, Spanish and Korean, the organization maintains a Social Services Department and two Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) centers that render more than 80,000 service visits and 100,000 hot meals on an annual basis. http://www.lakheir.org

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