Tara Chand, Dr. Rajasudhakar
Abstract: Today many people needlessly affected with oral cancer because they cannot obtain timely preventive, educational or treatment services. India has one of the highest incidences of oral cancer in the world. The highest incidence of oral cancer and precancerous lesions in India has long been linked with the habit of betel quid chewing incorporating tobacco. In India it is estimated that 63.5 % of population is under the age group of 15-64 years.One group pre-test, post-test design, which belongs to pre- experimental design was selected to assess the knowledge.Structured questionnaire is used to assess the knowledge of subjects regarding oral cancer.The reliability was established by using Karl Pearson product moment correlation formula. Coefficient of correlation of knowledge test was found to r=0.99 and attitude scale was found to be 0.914 which proved that the tool was highly reliable. The findings of the study revealed that appropriate method of awareness will improve knowledge of the adults.The result indicate that 53 (88.3 %) had inadequate knowledge in pre test, 7 (117 %) had moderate knowledge and no one had adequate knowledge on oral cancer among adults in pretest. In post test 51 (85 %) had adequate knowledge, 9 (15 %) had moderate knowledge and no one had inadequate knowledge regarding oral cancer among adults.association between demographic variables such as Age, gender, Religion, educational status, occupation, income, Marital status, family history of oral cancer, family history of tobacco use, source of information and knowledge level of posttest among adults regarding oral cancer among adults are not significant.
Keywords: structured teaching programme, knowledge, prevention of oral cancer, Adults