Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 505–509

Oral Cancer Knowledge: A Survey Administered to Patients in Dental Departments at Large Italian Hospitals

  • Alessandro Villa
  • Aimee R. Kreimer
  • Massimo Pasi
  • Antonella Polimeni
  • Domenico Cicciù
  • Laura Strohmenger
  • Enrico Gherlone
  • Silvio Abati
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s13187-010-0189-4

Cite this article as:
Villa, A., Kreimer, A.R., Pasi, M. et al. J Canc Educ (2011) 26: 505. doi:10.1007/s13187-010-0189-4

Abstract

We assessed the oral cancer (OC) knowledge, including risk factors and clinical symptoms, among patients attending dental departments within Italian university hospitals. Two thousand and two hundred questionnaires were sent to four hospitals in order to assess patients' knowledge regarding clinical and epidemiological aspects of OC; OC knowledge was evaluated overall and stratified by oral cancer family history. Participants frequently identified cigarette smoking (87.8%) and heavy alcohol consumption (58.6%) as a risk factor for oral cancer, knew the clinical signs of OC (65–79% depending on the specific symptom) and reported that early detection was related to better prognosis of oral cancer (94%). Individuals with a positive family history for oral cancer were significantly more likely to identify risk factors for oral cancer correctly yet family history of OC did not affect smoking status. Less than 15% of patients reported having received OC counseling by a dentist or physician.

Keywords

Oral cancer Oral cancer knowledge Risk factors 

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© Springer 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Villa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Aimee R. Kreimer
    • 2
  • Massimo Pasi
    • 3
  • Antonella Polimeni
    • 4
  • Domenico Cicciù
    • 5
    • 6
  • Laura Strohmenger
    • 1
  • Enrico Gherlone
    • 3
  • Silvio Abati
    • 1
  1. 1.Dental Clinic, Department of Medicine, Surgery and DentistryUniversity of MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer InstituteNational Institutes of HealthRockvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of DentistryVita Salute UniversityMilanItaly
  4. 4.Dental Clinic Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial ScienceUniversity of Rome La SapienzaRomeItaly
  5. 5.Department of DentistryUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  6. 6.Policlinico UniversitarioMessinaItaly

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