Effect of an Information Leaflet on the Improvement of Oral Cancer Knowledge Among the General and the High Risk Population

Issue: Vol.4, No.2 - April 2005

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  1. Dr Stefano Petti
    Department of Public Health Sciences, \"G Sanarelli\", University \"La Sapienza\"

Background: Investigating whether information leaflets increase knowledge of oral cancer, one of the least heard of cancers by public.

Methods: 97 adults (=40yrs) complied a questionnaire investigating cancer knowledge level before and 12-48 hours after they were given the information leaflet. The effect of gender, age, educational level on improvement and final knowledge levels were assessed.

Results: Final knowledge score was 88.6% of the highest score, with a 26.2% improvement. Improvement and final knowledge was not effected by the investigated variables.

Conclusions: Information Leaflets might contribute to increase oral cancer knowledge among the general population and the risk groups.

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