Awareness about Oral Cancer among Dental Postgraduate Students in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India

  • Ramaswamy P
  • Uday G
  • Sreenivasulu P
 et al. 
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Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the knowledge and awareness of
dental postgraduate students regarding risk factors, signs of oral
cancer, and treatment plan and post treatment complications. A
questionnaire was given to the 450 dental postgraduate students of all
specialties to various dental colleges in Andhra Pradesh. The
questionnaire included 10 questions pertaining to knowledge about oral
cancer, its risk factors, key symptoms, and treatment plan and post
treatment complications. Majority of postgraduate students were aware
that habits (94 %) were the main risk factor for most of oral cancer
whereas 50 % of students were aware of clinical presentation of oral
cancer and 67 % were confident about the proper treatment protocol.
Majority of the postgraduate students were aware of the main risk
factors. On the other hand, several aspects like clinical signs of oral
cancer, treatment protocol, referrals, and post treatment complications
need to be improved. Continuing dental education programs and workshops
on oral cancer should be carried out to enhance the knowledge and
awareness of the postgraduate students.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Mucositis
  • Oral cancer
  • Postgraduate students
  • Risk factors

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