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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1511-1517

Nonmedical stream students' insight into oral cancer: A school-based study

1 Department of Oral Pathology, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Dr.R. R. Kamble Dental College and Hospital, Akola, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Anushree Rathore
Department of Oral Pathology, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Peoples Campus, Bhanpur, Bhopal - 462 037, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_451_17

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Context: Oral cancer incidences are increasing in young generation for the past few decades. Gutkha chewing and cigarettes smoking being responsible for oral cancer, increase in consumption of these products among younger generation have significant impact on incidence of oral cancer. Those who are having nonmedical background may have less exposure to the information of oral cancer. This study was aimed to find out the information of nonmedical stream students perception about oral cancer. Materials and Methods: Nonmedical stream students between ages 19 and 25years were evaluated for their insight about oral cancer using self-administered questionnaire. Questionnaire has included the questions about general knowledge about oral cancer, causative factors, signs and treatment of oral cancer. Students habits in relation to tobacco-related products were also evaluated. Results: Majority of the students has heard about oral cancer, but hardly have picture about causative factors and their clinical signs. Gutkha and cigarette smoking are still the major forms of tobacco product consumption among nonmedical stream students. Oncologist is the preferred choice for consultation of oral cancer treatment, though nearly half of the participants do not know about the treatment and how to seek it. Conclusion:The nonmedical stream students have less awareness about oral cancer. There is a great need for increase in oral cancer awareness programs as well as may be educational syllabus can have dedicated portion for such a preventable disease such as oral cancer.

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