Early Detection of Oral Cancer Through Dental Practice in Jazan Region of Saudi Arabia: The Development of A Dental Public Health Intervention (ISAC)

Mohammed Abdurabu Jafer

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This dissertation was prepared using the Intervention Mapping approach. The general aim was to develop a comprehensive intervention that aids in enhancing the prevention and early detection of oral cancer (OC) in Jazan region of Saudi. Upon analyzing the possible contributing factors to the late diagnosis of OC in Jazan, an underlying behavior that usually remains overlooked when addressing OC issues came to light: dentists’ behavior regarding OC. The health approach, which solely attributes the responsibility for OC to the patient, has made many dental researchers miss dentists’ accountability for the problem, which is embodied in the dentists’ passive behavior toward OC examination practices, patient education and counseling. Therefore, the role played by dentists to tackle OC in the Jazan region was carefully evaluated in different ways in this dissertation.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Crutzen, Rik, Supervisor
  • van den Borne, Hubertus, Supervisor
Award date30 Aug 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Oral cancer
  • Screening
  • Early Detection
  • Dental Education
  • intervention
  • ISAC

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