Assessment of the impact of the work place environment on oral cancer awareness amongst high risk, semi- Urban blue collared personnel

Deshpande, S and Siddharth, K and Jha, Ankit and Saraswat, S and Saleh, S and Ramprasad, VP (2014) Assessment of the impact of the work place environment on oral cancer awareness amongst high risk, semi- Urban blue collared personnel. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences, 13 (11). pp. 41-45. ISSN 2279-0861

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Abstract

Purpose: To assess whether the awareness regarding Oral Cancer, in a high risk, semi-urban, blue collared personnel, is impacted by its proximity of work with a highly educated student population. Materials and methods: A questionnaire-based survey was carried out over a period of five days in three locations across the township of Manipal, India. 578 members of the University ancillary personnel answered this survey. Result: Even though 77.9 % of the targeted group had heard about Oral Cancer before, over 90% had never been screened for it, despite working in a prominent Health Sciences University. 42.2% believed that smokeless tobacco (a habit prevalent in India) was safer than smoked tobacco and a similar percentage was unsure of alcohol’s role in Oral Cancer. Most participants were not aware of how to recognize and treat the disease. Discussion: While general knowledge of the existence of Oral Cancer and its causes was common, the lack of understanding towards its risk factors, clinical features and prevention factors, is grossly worrying. Employed in a Health Science University, one would assume that such workers would undergo timely screenings. However, the survey reveals it isn’t so. Conclusion: Lack of facilities and monetary support in India, has created difficulties in reaching out to different sub-groups and create awareness. However, blue collared workers that are employed in and nearby Health Care Universities are accessible for educational campaigns and free screenings by students and faculty. It is hence, suggested that such Universities take initiative in educating fellow workers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral cancer; screening; knowledge; awareness; risk factors.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2015 04:56
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2015 04:56
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/143138

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