It was near the start of her first term when she attended a Hep b Awareness Rally as part of her job as an Assemblywoman. According to a story in the Contra Costa Times, a doctor pulled her aside and informed her she suffered from Chronic Hepatitis B.
She learned that one out of four people diagnosed with Hep B go on to have liver cancer. She immediately got tested and urged her mother to do the same. That was a good thing. Her mother’s liver cancer was detected at an early stage and today she is fine.
Today Ma remains active in promoting Hep B awareness. She appeared at a rally in Palo Alto Sunday.
One in 12 people with Hepatitis B are Asian American.