This study has indicated that patients seem to be generally unaware of oral cancer screening by their dentist yet they are happy to be informed that they are being screened and would like the support of their Dentist to reduce their risk of developing oral cancer. Patients did not express anxiety, concern or worry about receiving this information. Further research is required to explore the views of UK-based Dentists on how best to communicate with patients' without increasing anxiety or prolonging dental consultations.
OA participated in the study conception and design as well as coordinated the study including data collection. OA also performed the statistical analysis and drafted the manuscript. SS and TN made substantial contributions to conception and design of the study and overall supervision of the project. In addition SS and TN also contributed to drafting of manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Our thanks go to the principal dentists, staff and participants at the general dental practices from which data was collected.
Suzanne E. Scott and Tim Newton are Higher Education Funding Committee England (HEFCE) funded academic staff at King's College London. Oluwatunmise Awojobi is a graduate research student funded through a King's College London internal scholarship. All aspects of the study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of the data, and decisions related to publication have been made independently of King's College London.
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