ORAL CANCER AND ITS SUPPORTIVE CARE KNOWLEDGE AMONGST UNDERGRADUATE DENTAL STUDENTS OF AWADH DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL, JAMSHEDPUR

Dr. Vijoy Prakash

Abstract


The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge and awareness about oral cancer and supportive care among undergraduate dental students. A questionnaire-based study comprising 12 questions was carried out in clinically posted dental students of third year and final year students of Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The total number of participants were 100. The majority of students were aware of oral cancer (94.0%) and recognized signs and symptoms of oral cancer. A satisfactory knowledge was observed on risk factors whereas unsatisfactory knowledge was observed about treatment cost. This study highlights the need of continuing dental education with greater emphasis on the early signs and risk factors of oral cancer, performing routine oral examination, appropriate supportive management of suspicious oral lesions and referral to cancer hospital for definite management

Keywords


Oral cancer, risk factors, undergraduate, management

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