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Evaluation of General Dentists` and Dental Specialists` Knowledge about Oral Cancer in South Khorasan-Iran 2014
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Evaluation of General Dentists` and Dental Specialists` Knowledge about Oral Cancer in South Khorasan-Iran 2014
Akbari, Narjes; Raeesi, Vajehallah; Khazaei, Tahereh; Ramezanzadeh, Khaironnesa; Ebrahimipour, Sediqe;
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Background: Oral cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers and one of the top ten causes of death in the whole world. Most oral cancers are diagnosed at late stages. Since dentists play a critical role in early detection of oral cancer, they should be knowledgeable and skillful in oral cancer diagnosis. The aim of this study was to survey dentist knowledge about oral cancer in Southern Khorasan Province. Materials and Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted with dentists who participated in an in-service educational program at the Faculty of Dentistry of Birjand University of Medical Sciences in spring 2014. A questionnaire including demographic information with 11 questions regarding oral cancer was prepared. The participants were required to be complete the questionnaires within a specific time span. The data were analyzed using SPSS 15 software by t-test and one-way ANOVA at 0.05 confidence level. Results: A total of 73 dentists out of 80 answered the questionnaires - 36 (49.3%) were females and 37 (50.7%) were males. Total mean score of knowledge was of 11. Mean scores of knowledge of male and female participants were and respectively. Mean knowledge score of general dentists was and of dental specialists was In spite of higher knowledge score of women compared to men and general dentists compared to dental specialists, these differences were not statistically significant (p
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