Background: There is a high prevalence rate of oral cancer in India due to use of varied form of tobacco product both smokeless and smoking form. The occurrence of oral pre-cancerous lesions depends not only on different mode of consumption but frequency and duration of tobacco habits. The "severity of tobacco consumption" can also be an alarming factor in conversion of oral pre-cancer into frank oral cancer. This conversion can be prevented by early detection of these lesions and by proper and right intervention. However, there is lack of awareness regarding pre-cancerous lesions in the community. Objective: This study aim at focusing the different mode and severity of tobacco habits and there awareness status of having oral pre-cancerous lesion. Method: Cross-sectional study of 256 patients with tobacco habits attending dental outdoor. Standardized Performa stressing on the proper case history regarding mode of tobacco habits, awareness level of oral pre-cancerous lesions with through oral and dental clinical examination were used. Also, Fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence and smokeless tobacco scale were also used to assess the severity of tobacco dependence. Result: Prevalence rate of oral pre-cancerous lesions and the percentage of subject not aware of these lesions will be assessed in this current study. The tobacco dependence severity score and duration of tobacco consumption were also statistically assessed. Conclusion: As most of the oral pre-cancerous lesions are silent, proper case recording with thorough oral examination should be perform routinely in patients with tobacco users during routine dental check-up. There is an urgent need for bringing awareness program by active community participation along with de-addiction centers for screening oral pre-cancerous lesion in tobacco users.
Singh, A. V. (2013). PP026 PREVALENCE OF ORAL PRE-CANCEROUS LESIONS IN PATIENTS WITH TOBACCO USERS. Respiratory Medicine, 107, S15–S16. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0954-6111(13)70056-8