|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||The experiences of young oral cancer patients in Scotland: symptom recognition and delays in seeking professional help|
Day, Ruth E
|Citation:||Grant E, Silver K, Bauld L, Day RE & Warnakulasuriya S (2010) The experiences of young oral cancer patients in Scotland: symptom recognition and delays in seeking professional help, British Dental Journal, 208 (10), pp. 465-471.|
|Abstract:||Objectives: To explore the early responses of young oral cancer patients in Scotland to the symptoms of their emerging condition, to understand the ways they seek help and to inquire into delay caused by not recognising symptoms associated with cancer. Setting: The survey was carried out in Maggie's Centres or in patients' own homes in Glasgow and Edinburgh among young patients diagnosed with oral cancer in the three years (2004-7) before the study. Methods: This study employed qualitative methods. Data were collected by interview using a semi-structured interview schedule. The interview transcripts were analysed using a thematic framework and with the aid of NVivo qualitative analysis software (Version 8). Results: Most of the cohort knew that smoking and alcohol could cause oral cancer. None thought it would happen to them. Descriptions of symptoms varied widely and several had used self-treatment provided from a pharmacy. There were various causes of 'patient delay' and self-treatment was not the only cause. Reinterpretation of symptoms without seeking professional help was not uncommon. Nobody suspected they had oral cancer until it was confirmed by their GP or GDP. All thought that something so small and painless couldn't be a serious problem. Conclusions: The study further confirms gaps in understanding and awareness of oral cancer. Most had heard of oral cancer but they didn't think their symptoms were indicative of cancer and they self managed the problem. The culture of not bothering the GP/GDP unless it was perceived as serious is a barrier to earlier access. Findings support that further public awareness of oral cancer and its symptoms is required to alert the public that if their symptoms persist beyond three weeks they need a professional opinion.|
|Rights:||The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.|
|The experiences of young oral cancer patients in Scotland.pdf||135.87 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.
This item is protected by original copyright
Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact email@example.com providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.