Knowledge and attitudes of Saudi dental undergraduates on oral cancer

Omar Kujan, Ibrahim Alzoghaibi, Saleh Azzeghaiby, Mohammed Alsakran Altamimi, Bassel Tarakji, Salah Hanouneh, Majdy Idrees, Faris Q. Alenzi, Mazhar Iqbal, Shahama Taifour

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Oral cancer awareness among future dental practitioners may have an impact on the early detection and prevention of oral cancer. A cross-sectional survey was undertaken to assess the current knowledge of future Saudi dentists on oral cancer and their opinions on oral cancer prevention. A pretested questionnaire was sent to 550 undergraduate dental students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth year of the Al-Farabi College for Dentistry and Nursing, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Questions relating to knowledge of oral cancer, risk factors, and opinions on oral cancer prevention and practices were posed. Four hundred seventy-nine students returned the questionnaire (87.1 %). Eighty-one percent of respondents correctly answered questions relating to oral cancer awareness. Eighty-seven percent of respondents felt confident in performing a systematic oral examination to detect changes consistent with oral malignancy. Interestingly, 57 % of respondents had seen the use of oral cancer diagnostics aids. Thirty-seven percent of respondents felt inadequately trained to provide tobacco and alcohol cessation advice. There is a need to reinforce the undergraduate dental curriculum with regards to oral cancer education; particularly in its prevention and early detection. Incorporating the use of oral cancer diagnostic aids should be made mandatory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-738
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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