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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 31-34

Knowledge of oral cancer and screening practice of primary health care providers in Davangere district, Karnataka

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Title: Knowledge of Oral cancer and screening practice of primary health care providers in Davangere district, Karnataka. Background: Oral cancer is a disease with known high risk factors. Unfortunately, for a large segment of rural areas of developing countries access to dental care are limited however, there is relatively better access to primary health care who play an important role in early screening of oral cancer. Objective of the study: 1. To assess knowledge and awareness of oral cancer. 2. To assess screening practice in relation to the detection and prevention of oral cancer by primary health care workers of Davangere district. Methodology: In this descriptive cross sectional study; a total number of 58 questionnaires were distributed to the PHC workers attending different primary health centers. Five questionnaires were not responded by the respondents due to unknown reason. Thus a total number of 53 questionnaires were considered with responding rate of 91.4%. Result: Out of 53 participants 28 were male and 25 were females. Over 77.4% of the respondents reported that they screen patients for oral cancer during a routine physical examination. 84.9% of the respondents think that volume of alcohol consumption and tobacco use per day is related to oral cancer. Conclusion: The study revealed that there is a limited knowledge base on the selected intervention on oral health screening by primary care providers. To involve PCPs in screening for oral cancer, oral health programs should focus on up-to-date education.

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