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Early Detection of Oral Cancer- Dentists’ Knowledge and Practices in the United Arab Emirates
, Ayman Abu-fanas, Ali Al-tak, Amer Al-kadri, Yousef Abu Ebaid
Published in Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention
PMID: 30141314
Volume: 19
Issue: 8
Pages: 2351 - 2355
The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, opinions and practices of dentists regarding earlydetection of oral cancer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted usinga simple random sampling technique with a self-reported questionnaire applied to 298 dentists, working in private andpublic sectors in three cities (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah) in the UAE. Dentists’ knowledge about risk factors anddiagnostic concepts of oral cancer, current practices and opinions as well as interest in continuing education programswere assessed. Results: The dentists, aged 23-65 years, were generally aware of the major risk factors most likelyassociated with oral cancer. Thirty percent of the participants identified the tongue as the most common site on whichoral cancer develops. The best known clinical presentation of oral cancer identified by the respondents was a persistentulcer (87.6 %). Only thirty dentists (9.9%) were comfortable in performing a biopsy in their clinic. Less than half (48.0%)had attended a continuing education course on oral cancer within the past 5 years. The majority of the participants(84.9%) felt that they needed further training on oral cancer detection. Conclusion: The findings of the present studyidentified several deficiencies in the knowledge of dentists working in the UAE with regard to early detection of oralcancer. Some changes to dental educational and training could be made to improve the confidence and ability of dentistsin this regard.
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JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
PublisherAsian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention
Open AccessNo
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