Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003966
Title: Awareness of oral cancer among tobacco users attending an outpatient dental hospital
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Cancer is a group of disease involving abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way, with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Oral cancer refers to cancer in the oral cavity. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx, can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Researchers in oral cancer believe that lack of public awareness has also been considered to be a potent barrier for early detection of cancer. Aim: The aim is to understand the awareness among individuals about oral cancers. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 50 randomly selected individuals who were tobacco users, attending a private dental college in Chennai. Both smokeless and smoking tobaccos users were included irrespective of their gender. A self-structured questionnaire was used to access the knowledge of the participants based on gender, type of habit, educational level, early signs and symptoms, and awareness of oral cancer. The obtained data were collected and analyzed. Results: All patients invited to this survey accepted to participate and there was more male predilection with a count of 86% and the female being 14%. About 84% of the participants said that oral cancer is contagious. Out of all the 50 participants, 33 of the participants were willing to quite their habit and the rest were not willing to quit it. Conclusion: The oral cancer awareness and knowledge in the present population are poor. Moreover, many of the individuals though they know about the health hazards of tobacco still continue using tobacco. Early diagnosis and rapid access for treatment of cancer are an important factor for improving outcomes for oral cancer.

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    V. P. Pathmashri 1 , Meenakshi Krishnan2 , Dhanraj Ganapathy1 *

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    1 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    *Corresponding author: Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    V. P. Pathmashri 1 , Meenakshi Krishnan2 , Dhanraj Ganapathy1 *

    Title:Awareness of oral cancer among tobacco users attending an outpatient dental hospital
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (September )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (2089-2095)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Cancer, Contagious, Smoking
    Research Materials:Tobacco

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Cancer Contagious Smoking Tobacco

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