Evaluation of General Dentists Knowledge about Oral Cancer in Mashhad-Iran in 2008

Saghafi, Shadi and ZareMahmoodabadi, Reza and Salehinejad, Jahanshah and Falaki, Farnaz and Farrokhizad, Shahab (2009) Evaluation of General Dentists Knowledge about Oral Cancer in Mashhad-Iran in 2008. Journal of Mashhad Dental School, 33 (2). pp. 107-114.

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Abstract

Introduction: Oral cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers and one of the 10 most Familiar causes of death in the whole world. Most oral cancers are diagnosed at late stages. Since dentists play a critical role in early detection of oral cancers, they should be knowledgeable and skillful in oral cancer diagnosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge of general dentists about oral cancer in Mashhad. Materials & Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was done on 100 general dentists who had private offices in Mashhad in 2008. A questionnaire including demographic information and 13 questions regarding oral cancer was prepared. The questionnaires were delivered to dentists at their offices and then gathered. The data were analyzed via SPSS software by student’s t-test, Pearson and Spearman correlation coefficients. Results: There were 65 male and 35 female dentists with the mean age of 41.84±7.49 years (P=0.66). The mean score of total dentists’ knowledge was 6.42±1.74 out of 13. The mean score of knowledge was 6.26±1.75 and 6.72±1.7, for males and females respectively. There was no significant difference between them (P=0.2). Ninety-One percent of dentists knew the most common type of oral cancer, but only 35 of them knew the most common sites of oral cancer. Conclusion: The results of this study indicated that knowledge of dentists in Mashhad about oral cancer was not sufficient.Because of the importance of the issue, application of strategies to increase the knowledge of dentists regarding oral cancer is necessary.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WU Dentistry. Oral surgery
Divisions: Journals > Journal of Mashhad Dental School
Depositing User: jmds jmds
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2017 16:06
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2017 16:06
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2883

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