Cancer is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality today in India. Global cancer statistical data show that India has one of the highest incidence rates of oral cancer worldwide, about 86% of total oral cancer cases seen in India across the world. Oral cancer accounts about 46,000 deaths occurring and 75000 new cases are reported in India every year. Chewing tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption have been estimated to account for about 90% of cancers in the oral cavity. Risk factors for oral cancers include smoking, alcohol use, smokeless tobacco products, and HPV (human papilloma virus) infections, with smoking and alcohol having synergistic effects.
Method: we conducted this study in selected st. Paul’s college Ranchi, Jharkhand. the study is approved by institutional ethical committee. work practices procedure during the study is multiple choice question is used to assess the knowledge regarding primary prevention of oral cancer among the college students.
Result: majority of 17-18yrs of age (57%)were taken to assess and mostly male were taken 75%,in which they were living in rural 67% and mostly their income is mostly below 5000 and the total sample(60) were taken through the purposive random sampling technique which shows the result mean is before and after the test is 8.58 and 14.61respectively and SD 3.066 and 2.064, which shows the highly significant of this study to giving the intervention as a planned teaching programme regarding knowledge on prevention of oral cancer.
Conclusion: Prevention is always better than cure so there is need to focus on cancer prevention along with cure. If the patient has tobacco habits, counsel them benefits of quitting tobacco and advice them to quite the tobacco chewing or smoking by doing this we can decrease the number of cancer patients in our country.