Health beliefs in oral cancer: Malaysian estate Indian scenario

Tan, B.S. and Ng, K.H. and Esa, R. (2001) Health beliefs in oral cancer: Malaysian estate Indian scenario. Patient Education and Counseling, 42 (3). pp. 205-211. ISSN 0738-3991, DOI


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This is a study to describe the health beliefs related to oral cancer (OC) in a high-risk group in Malaysia, a predominantly Indian community living in an agricultural setting called an estate. The study population was a convenient sample of 112 adults, above 20 years of age, attending oral cancer screening in two estates. The subjects consisted of 106 (94.6) Indians and six (5.4) Malays. Using the Health Belief Model, the perceptions of susceptibility to OC, its severity, and the benefits of and barriers to preventive actions, as well as beliefs underlying OC aetiology were investigated. About half of the subjects (n = 57, 50.9) felt susceptible to oral cancer. A majority of subjects (n = 93, 83.0) felt that oral cancer is a severe disease. Thirty four people (30.4) perceived OC as a preventable disease, while 56 (50) did not, and the remaining 22 (19.6) did not know if OC was preventable or not. The majority of subjects (84.8) believed that modifications to the betel quid habit could be beneficial. The information solicited can be used as a starting point to design health-education activities aimed at this group in particular and the population in general. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Health beliefs oral cancer high-risk community Health beliefs High-risk community. Oral cancer alcohol adult aged article betel nut cancer screening cancer susceptibility community female habit health education high risk population human Indian major clinical study Malaysia male mouth cancer priority journal tobacco Aged, 80 and over Areca Culture Follow-Up Studies Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Humans India Middle Aged Mouth Neoplasms
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Community Dentistry
Depositing User: Ms Nursyafiqah Abd Malek
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 01:12
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 01:12

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