Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 207--210

Awareness of patients about existing oral precancerous lesions/conditions in Nashik city of Maharashtra


Bhushan Sukdeo Ahire, Ajay R Bhoosreddy, Seema A Bhoosreddy, Atul Ashok Pandharbale, Varun R Kunte, Manila R Shinde 
 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MGV'S KBH Dental College and Hospital, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Ajay R Bhoosreddy
Ganesh Niwas, Near Public School, Vakhari Road, Gunjal Nagar, Deola, Nashik - 423 102, Maharashtra
India

Introduction: Many oral squamous cell carcinomas develop from premalignant lesions/conditions of oral cavity. Hence, the awareness of such lesions/conditions is important. Aim: To assess the awareness about existing oral precancerous lesions/conditions among patients arriving for dental treatment at a dental hospital, in Nashik city of Maharashtra. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was used to collect information from 80 patients with existing oral precancerous lesions/conditions attending the dental hospital, in Nashik city of Maharashtra. The questionnaire included questions to ascertain information on sociodemographic parameters, awareness, and sources of information about of oral precancerous lesions/conditions, habit of tobacco, areca nut chewing, smoking, alcohol, and combined habits. Results: We found that 40% (n = 32) respondents knew about the existence of lesion in their mouth of which only 50% (out of 40%) had thought that it was precancerous lesion/condition. Among all subjects, only 47.5% (n = 38) were aware of oral precancerous lesions/conditions. Television was the major source of information about oral precancerous lesions/conditions almost all the subjects (97.5%) wanted more information about oral precancerous lesions/conditions but through television (42.5%) and lectures (27.5%). Conclusion: Awareness of patients (coming to hospital) about oral precancerous lesions/conditions was found to be low. The people must be made aware of symptoms, signs, and preventive strategies of oral precancerous lesions/conditions through their preferred media – television and lectures.


How to cite this article:
Ahire BS, Bhoosreddy AR, Bhoosreddy SA, Pandharbale AA, Kunte VR, Shinde MR. Awareness of patients about existing oral precancerous lesions/conditions in Nashik city of Maharashtra.J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2016;14:207-210


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Ahire BS, Bhoosreddy AR, Bhoosreddy SA, Pandharbale AA, Kunte VR, Shinde MR. Awareness of patients about existing oral precancerous lesions/conditions in Nashik city of Maharashtra. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Jun 26 ];14:207-210
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