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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 241-248

Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Knowledge and Practice of Dentists in Bangalore City, Karnataka

Dept of Public Health Dentistry, M.R.Ambedkar Dental College, Bangalore, India

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Background: Early detection and Prevention are integral components of the health agenda and areas taking on increasing importance and emphasis. Apart from prevention, early detection and prompt referral for diagnosis offer the best hope to the patient with cancer, providing the best chance of a cure Objectives: The purpose of the study was to assess Bangalore dentists self reported knowledge and practices concerning oral cancer prevention and early detection, dentists' capacity to detect and manage oral cancer and counsel their patients about risk reduction. Method: A sample to represent dentists in Bangalore yielded 200 dentists of which 180 responded to a 32 item questionnaire. Result: Of the total 200 dentists 180 (90%) of them took part in the study. Over 62% of the dentists reported providing oral cancer examinations. Most (66.7%) of them had detected at least one suspicious lesion in the past year, with seven(3.5%)detecting greater than five lesions and 29.8% had detected none. Many (87.8%) of the dentists had not received any oral cancer continuing education and very few (12.2%) had received the oral cancer continuing education. Training in risk counseling was rarely reported. Only 5.5% were confident in their counseling skills. All the dentists feel that they should be trained and are interested in both tobacco cessation and alcohol abuse counseling. Conclusion: Interventions are needed to ensure appropriate skill and knowledge levels for oral cancer early detection, management, risk counseling by the dentists.

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