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Level of awareness of oral cancer and oral potentially malignant disorders among medical and dental undergraduates

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R D Jayasinghe ,

Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka., LK
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L P G Sherminie,

Department of Radiography/ Radiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka., LK
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H Amarasinghe,

National Cancer Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka., LK
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M A Sitheeque

Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka., LK
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the awareness of oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMD) and oral cancer among medical and dental students of the University of Peradeniya. A pre-tested, self-administered questionnaire was used among 1006 students. Majority were medical students (74.3%), females (60.5%), and in the second year (25.2%). About 54% of respondents had poor knowledge. Dental students had a significantly higher knowledge and female students showed greater awareness. About 90% of medical students had never examined a patient with OPMD, and 79.5% of them had not examined one with oral cancer. Medical undergraduates must receive adequate education about OPMD and cancer.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v61i2.8289
How to Cite: Jayasinghe, R.D., Sherminie, L.P.G., Amarasinghe, H. and Sitheeque, M.A., 2016. Level of awareness of oral cancer and oral potentially malignant disorders among medical and dental undergraduates. Ceylon Medical Journal, 61(2), pp.77–79. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v61i2.8289
Published on 23 Jun 2016.
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