Awareness of oral cancer and precancer among final year dental undergraduates in Ukraine

Yulia Kolenko

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Kolenko Yulia. Awareness of oral cancer and precancer among final year dental undergraduates in Ukraine. Journal of Education, Health and Sport. 2016;6(3):106-112. eISSN 2391-8306. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.47867

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Received: 05.01.2016. Revised 12.02.2016. Accepted: 27.02.2016.

 

 

AWARENESS OF ORAL CANCER AND PRECANCER AMONG FINAL YEAR DENTAL UNDERGRADUATES IN UKRAINE

 

Kolenko Yulia1

 

1Bogomolets National medical university, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

Correspondence: Kolenko Yulia, associate professor of Operative Dentistry department, Bogomolets National medical university, Zoollogichna street, 1, Kyiv, Ukraine. Tel: +380 50 772 7375. E-mail: kolenko.julia@gmail.com

 

Abstract

Background: Oral cancer presents with high mortality rates, and the likelihood of survival is remarkably superior when detected early. Health care providers, particularly dentists, play a critical role in early detection of oral cancers and should be knowledgeable and skillful in oral cancer diagnosis. Purpose: The objective of the present study was to assess the comprehensive awareness of final year dental undergraduates of Medical Universities and Institutes Ukraine concerning oral cancer and oral potentially malignant disorders. Materials and Methods: A pretested self-administered questionnaire was distributed to fifth year dental students. Questions relating to knowledge of oral cancer, risk factors, and opinions on oral cancer prevention and practices were posed. Results: Only a small proportion of both groups of students expressed confidence in their knowledge and skills in oral cancer prevention and detection. This study revealed areas of deficiency in the awareness of these students concerning oral cancer and OPMD. It points to a necessity to strengthen these aspects of medical and dental undergraduate curricula. Conclusions : The findings of the present study suggest that here is a need to reinforce the undergraduate dental curriculum with regards to oral cancer education, particularly in its prevention and early detection.

 

Keywords: dental students, knowledge, opinions, dental education, oral cancer, oral potentially malignant disorders, curriculum.


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dental students, knowledge, opinions, dental education, oral cancer, oral potentially malignant disorders, curriculum.

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