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Oral cancer awareness among students from Mumbai University

  • Background: Oral cancer is among the top three types of cancers in India. Severe alcoholism, use of tobacco in the form of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and betel nut chewing are the most common risk factors for oral cancer. Often individuals with pre cancer even notice the alterations, such as reduced mouth opening in oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF), but they are not aware about the causes and consequences of these changes. Awareness about causes and features of oral cancers can be very helpful in prevention, control and early diagnosis of oral cancer. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among students from Mumbai University, India during May-June 2017. Five hundred students were approached to participate in the study of which 400 agreed to participate. Pretested questionnaire was distributed and collected data was analyzed using IBM SPSS version 23. Results: There were 199 (49%) males and 201 (50%) females in the study and response rate was (80%). Respondents had good knowledge about oral cancer. Seventy four percent (268/362) respondents correctly identified smoking, and tobacco chewing as possible causes of oral cancer. Almost all (96%; 348/362) respondents correctly responded that oral cancer does not spread from person to person through touch or speaking. Seventy two percent (260/362) respondents believed that oral cancer is curable. Significantly higher number of male (98%) compared to female participants answered correctly to questions regarding spread of disease and occurrence of oral cancer in AIDS patients. Conclusions: Participants showed good knowledge about oral cancer. Female participants showed lesser knowledge compared to male counterparts. Details about oral cancer should be incorporated in the undergraduate curriculum and periodic awareness programs should be organized for students.

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Author:Dnyanesh LimayeORCiDGND, Gauri Bhatkhande, Shweta Sabu, Aashvi Jain, Poorva Taskar, Utkarsh Gupta, Arlan Sydymanov, Vaidehi Limaye, Ravi Shankar Pitani, Sushama Sathe, Gerhard FortwengelORCiDGND, Zeinab Kanso
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20182667
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2019/05/29
Tag:Knowledge; Oral cancer; Smoking; Tobacco; University students
GND Keyword:Mundhöhlenkrebs; Rauchen; Tabakkonsum; Wissen; Student; Mumbai
First Page:1215
Last Page:1219
Link to catalogue:1690488972
Institutes:Fakultät III - Medien, Information und Design
DDC classes:610 Medizin, Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International