4287.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 5:15 PM

Abstract #10787

Maryland Family Physicians’ Knowledge of Oral Cancer

Maria Teresa Canto, DDS, MPH1, Alice M. Horowitz, PhD1, Thomas F. Drury, PhD1, and Harold S. Goodman, DMD, MPH2. (1) Office of Science Policy and Analysis, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH, 45 Center Drive, Natcher Bldg, Room 3AN44, Bethesda, MD 20892, 3015945497, maria.canto@nih.gov, (2) Office of Oral Health, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21084

Oral cancers (OC) are more likely diagnosed in individuals 60 years of age and older. This age group visits a physician more often than a dentist. One part of the assessment regarding knowledge of OC in the state of Maryland included Family Physicians (FP). A pre-tested questionnaire containing 40 questions was mailed to all 699 members of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). A total of 285 surveys were returned; of those 240 were usable. Nearly 90% of the FP were in a primary care practice; 64% in group practice; 42% were females. Close to 50% indicated that the most common site of OC is the tongue; 62% responded that the second most common site is the floor of the mouth. Eighty percent correctly indicated the most common OC type to be squamous cell carcinoma. Familial clustering was reported as the least likely risk factor for OC by 60%. In addition, 11% reported alcohol and 3% tobacco as the least likely risk factors for OC. Seven of ten knew correctly that there is no pain or symptoms associated with early stages of OC. The most common age of diagnosis was indicated as 40-59 years by 46% and 60+ years of age by 42%. Although more than half of the FP were knowledgeable of the common anatomical site and histologic type for OC, they were less informed about the age group where these cancers occur. 64% indicated interest in continuing education courses on oral cancer.

Learning Objectives: After the conclusion of the presentation the participant will be able to: 1) Describe the knowledge of Maryland Family Physicians about oral cancer risk factors 2) Describe the knowledge of Maryland Family Physicians about the most common histologic types and sites for oral cancer

Keywords: Cancer Prevention, Oral Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employment

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