CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 207--209

Knowledge and risk perception of oral cancer among rickshaw drivers in Karad City, Maharashtra, India


Hitesh Patil, Nupura A Vibhute, Unnati Shah, Rajendra Baad, Uzma Belgaumi, Vidya Kadashetti, Sushma Bommanavar, Wasim Kamate 
 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, School of Dental Sciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Nupura A Vibhute
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, School of Dental Sciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed to be University, Karad - 415 110, Maharashtra
India

Introduction: Rickshaw drivers, who provide an important mode of public transport in urban and semiurban areas in India, are exposed to harmful environmental pollutants, unhealthy lifestyle, irregular meals, poor work posture, and most importantly habits such as tobacco and alcohol. Keeping all this in view, the present study was planned to analyze the knowledge and risk perception of oral cancer among rickshaw drivers in Karad city. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional, descriptive study was carried out among 300 autorickshaw drivers of Karad city from Western Maharashtra, India. The questionnaire used consisted of various items including tobacco and alcohol consumption, their working hours, and more importantly their awareness toward oral cancer including its early symptoms as well as their self-perceived risk assessment. Results: Out of the 300 autorickshaw drivers studied in the present study, 260 (86.7%) were either smoking or chewing tobacco in some of its forms. Only 36 (12%) of 300 participants thought they should undergo regular screening for oral cancer. Conclusion: Thus, the findings of this study reflect a significant need of increasing cancer awareness among the population of rickshaw drivers. Targeted counseling programs and oral cancer screening programs would enable catching the early signs of cancer and nipping it in its bud.


How to cite this article:
Patil H, Vibhute NA, Shah U, Baad R, Belgaumi U, Kadashetti V, Bommanavar S, Kamate W. Knowledge and risk perception of oral cancer among rickshaw drivers in Karad City, Maharashtra, India.CHRISMED J Health Res 2019;6:207-209


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Patil H, Vibhute NA, Shah U, Baad R, Belgaumi U, Kadashetti V, Bommanavar S, Kamate W. Knowledge and risk perception of oral cancer among rickshaw drivers in Karad City, Maharashtra, India. CHRISMED J Health Res [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 10 ];6:207-209
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