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Assessing Oral Cancer Knowledge among Medical Students at Tanta University
Poster Title: Assessing Oral Cancer Knowledge among Medical Students at Tanta University
Submitted on 22 Feb 2019
Author(s): Alaa I. Ghonim, Afnan M. Elgebaly, Ghada M. Mohamed, Amany A. Hassan, Hanan A. Elshamy, Dina A. Daby, Aya A. Hamzawy, Ahmed Noaman, Heba EM Youssef, Basant H. AbouZaid, Sanaa A. Saleh
Affiliations: Tanta University, Faculty of Dentistry
This poster was presented at Oral & maxillofacial pathology scientific day, Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo University
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Abstract: Oral cancer represents a major public health concern since its continuously increasing incidence making it a pressing problem throughout the world. Incidence varies greatly between different geographical regions, yet it is generally more prevalent in developing countries. The unfamiliarity with early signs of oral cancer can defer clinical presentation and/or referral which, consequently, unfavorably worsen morbidity and mortality percentages. Several studies have declared deficient awareness about oral cancer among health workers; predominantly amongst medical students. Hence, there is a rising need for undergraduate medical students to be taught and qualified in the identification of signs and symptoms of oral malignancy and pre-malignancy as well as early referral of patients with suspicious oral lesions. Accordingly, treatment and prevention could be feasible in many cases via increasing awareness. A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted by third year dental students and Oral Pathology staff members at Faculty of Dentistry, Tanta University on randomly selected 131 undergraduate medical and pharmacy students existing in Tanta University medical campus. The present study was reviewed by the Tanta University, Faculty of Dentistry, Research Ethics Committee. Introductory section was added describing aim and benefit of the study in addition to voluntary participation in the research. Most of the students realized the necessity of oral mucosal screening to detect oral cancer, yet they overlooked many oral cancer risk factors as well as early signs such as leukoplakia and erythroplakia. They also poorly identified the role of oral and maxillofacial surgeons as an important referral authority for oral cancer diagnosis. Our study emphasizes the persistent need for educating undergraduate medical students about the problem of oral cancer.Summary: The present study highlights the crucial need for improving knowledge of undergraduate medical students toward the problem of oral cancer in Egypt. The role of medical and pharmacy students as future communicators for public health message should be emphasized via designing educational campaigns that teach students about the burden, risk factors, signs, screening modalities and early detection of oral cancer. So, spreading awareness will greatly impact oral cancer prevention.References: Report abuse »
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