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: Evaluation of General Dentists Knowledge about Oral Cancer in Ilam-Iran in 2015
Khadijeh Abdal mahmoodabadi *
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, School of Dentistry, Ilam University of Medical sciences, Ilam, Iran
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Oral cancer is the sixth most common malignant neoplasm and one of the top ten
causes of death worldwide. Dentists’ lack of knowledge about the signs and symptoms of oral
cancer is an important for diagnosing the oral cancer accurately and at early stages. In this study,
we examined the level of dentists’ awareness toward oral cancer in Ilam, Iran.
Materials and methods: A total of 98 dentists (65 males and 33 females) with average age of
35.57±7.9 years were invited to take part in the study and respond to suitably designed
questionnaires. Data were collected and a possible relationship between age and knowledge score
was further analyzed.
Results: The maximum awareness score that respondents could attain was 13. The mean score
was 8.14 ± 1.8, which was higher than the national average level. The average scores for men and
women were 7.58 ± 2.1 and 8.46 ± 1.5, respectively. But, this difference was not statistically
significant (P = 0.1).There was no statistically significant relationship between age and knowledge
score (P = 0.3, r = -0.11).In addition, knowledge score in different age groups were compared, and
there was no significant difference (P = 0.5).
Conclusion: Results of this study indicated that dentists’ awareness about oral cancer is higher
than average in Ilam; however, the need for educational programs for increasing the level of
knowledge about oral cancer is recommended.
Keywords: Oral cancer, Knowledge, Dentist
: Cross sectional | Subject: General
Received: 2017/01/20 | Accepted: 2017/02/20 | Published: 2019/09/15
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Abdal mahmoodabadi K. : Evaluation of General Dentists Knowledge about Oral Cancer in Ilam-Iran in 2015. 3. 2019; 2 (2)
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