2014
DOI: 10.1590/1677-3225v13n1a06 View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: Aim: To assess the knowledge and attitude of undergraduate dental students about oral cancer. Methods: A cross-sectional, quantitative study was conducted based on a questionnaire containing 15 questions about prevention, clinical aspects, and attitudes towards oral cancer. One hundredthirty-three undergraduate dental students between the second and fifth years were enrolled. The statistical significance was measured by Pearson's chi-square test. Results: There was a predominance of females (58.65%) and most s… Show more

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“…The study identified an inequality in gender distribution, with a majority of students in both the medical and dental fields being female, similarly to previous studies conducted in Malaysian public universities. This trend, noted internationally, has not changed much from previous studies. Also similarly to previous studies conducted in Malaysian public universities, the group of medical students was larger than that of dental students, possibly because Malaysian universities usually have a much larger intake of medical students than dental students.…”
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“…The study identified an inequality in gender distribution, with a majority of students in both the medical and dental fields being female, similarly to previous studies conducted in Malaysian public universities. This trend, noted internationally, has not changed much from previous studies. Also similarly to previous studies conducted in Malaysian public universities, the group of medical students was larger than that of dental students, possibly because Malaysian universities usually have a much larger intake of medical students than dental students.…”
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“…On the other hand, 83% of dental students agreed that oral cancer risk increases with age, compared with 62.1% in Keser et al . and 28.6% in Soares et al …”
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“…(17) In another study, the level of knowledge of third and fifth year dentistry students was better than those of the first-year students. (18) In the present study, there was a significant concordance in the answer frequency order observed among students of the first and seventh semesters.…”
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“…Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) makes about 95 % of oral cancers. [1] Tobacco consumption with or without alcohol have been proved to be the main etiologic agents of SCC, which is avoidable. [2,3] Even though SCC can easily be detected in routine oral examinations, lack of knowledge of doctors compounded by patients negligence, results in the detection of cancer at later stages, thus reducing the survival rates.…”
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