4287.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 5:30 PM

Abstract #12969

Oral cancer knowledge, risk factors and characteristics of participants in an oral cancer screening program in New York City

Gustavo D. Cruz, DMD, MPH1, Jamie S. Ostroff, PhD2, Racquel Z. LeGeros, PhD1, Jennifer L. Hay, PhD2, Herbert Kenigsburg, DDS3, and D. Mercedes Franklin, DMD, MPH3. (1) Minority Oral Health Research Center, New York University College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street Room 806, New York, NY 10010, 212-998-9970, gdc1@is6.nyu.edu, (2) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, (3) Oral Health Programs and Policy, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, 299 Broadway Suite 500, New York, NY 10007

A consortium led by the New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) conducted three days of oral cancer screening during June of 1999 at several sites in the New York/New Jersey area. As part of the screening, NYUCD and the Office of Oral Health, Programs and Policy for New York City, conducted a survey to assess the level of knowledge of risk factors for oral cancer and the associated factors with oral cancer awareness among the participants in NYC. The participants (n=803) in the survey were racially and ethnically diverse and older (66% were aged ³40); 43% had a history of smoking and 9% were likely to have had a history of alcohol dependency. Most of the individuals (66%) reported having heard about oral cancer, but only 39% reported having heard of an oral cancer examination and 12% reported having had an oral cancer exam. Knowledge concerning risk factors varied greatly; most (77%) knew that tobacco was a risk factor, whereas only 26% knew that alcohol was. Knowledge of excessive sunlight as a risk factor for lip cancer was reported by 26%. Bivariate analysis showed that race/ethnicity and education were the significant factors associated with having heard of an oral cancer exam and having had an oral cancer examination. This screening program was successful in attracting a representative sample of individuals at risk for oral cancer. Results suggest a lack of knowledge and awareness about oral cancer and oral cancer examination in NYC. Supported in part by NIDCR/NIH grant DE10593.

Learning Objectives: 1.Describe the level of knowledge and awareness of oral cancer among participants in an oral cancer screening program. 2. Recognize the need of raising public awareness about oral cancer

Keywords: Cancer Screening, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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