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Evaluation of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of General Dentists Regarding Oral Cancer in Sari, Iran

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Mohammad Mehdizadeh 1 , Maryam Seyed Majidi 2 , Saber Sadeghi 3 , Mahtab Hamzeh 4 , *

1 Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran

2 Dept. of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran

3 Dept. of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

4 Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran

How to Cite: Mehdizadeh M, Seyed Majidi M, Sadeghi S, Hamzeh M. Evaluation of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of General Dentists Regarding Oral Cancer in Sari, Iran, Int J Cancer Manag. 2014 ; 7(2):e80530.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

International Journal of Cancer Management: 7 (2); e80530
Published Online: June 30, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 06, 2014
Accepted: May 10, 2014

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Abstract

Background: Oral cancer has emerged as a significant cause of global public health concern. If a cancerous lesion is diagnosed in primary stages, the survival rate would be higher. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate knowledge, attitude and practice of general dentist regarding oral cancer in Sari, Iran.

Methods:This cross sectional analytical study was performed on general dentists of Sari, Iran. The dentists were given a questionnaire including demographic characteristics of the dentists and questions about knowledge, attitude and practice regarding oral cancer. Data were subjected to SPSS 18.0. Quantitative data were reported as mean (±SD) and qualitative data were shown as percent. Kolmogorov- Smirnoff sample test, t-test (p<0.07 was considered statistically significant)’ equivalent nonparametric test and Spearman’s rho test was used for statistical analysis.

Results:Total mean score of knowledge, mean score of females and mean score of males was 20.88±8.53, 20.96±7.62 and 20.71±10.43, respectively. Age and sex had no correlation with score of knowledge.

Conclusion: Dentists of Sari do not have enough knowledge about oral cancer.

Keywords

Oral cancer Dentist Knowledge Attitude Practice

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