Mouth cancer in India: a new epidemic

Tobacco and alcohol are important risk factors for oral, head and neck cancers which are one of the most common cancers in the Indian subcontinent. Although mouth cancers are widely prent in In-dia, there is a lack of awareness about the disease.
The risk of developing mouth cancer is highest amongst individuals who smoke or chew tobacco, be-telnut or gutka.
On this oral, head and neck cancer awareness week, starting from May 8th to 14th, city oncologists say, a lot needs to be done to create awareness especially among the youth.
More and more youth in their twenties are getting affected with malignant conditions due to prolonged chewing of tobacco products and smoking.”


Even though every school, college and educational institute have notice boards prohibiting the sale of tobacco products, there is a long way to go as the law still needs to be seriously enforced by the author-ities concerned.
The Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) which monitors the frequency of new cancer cases every year by collecting case reports from different sources says, every year four new cases of tongue cancer among males are detected per one lakh population and six cases of mouth cancer among females.
Interestingly in Bangalore, seven new cases of mouth cancer are detected among female every year, which according to PBCR estimates is the highest compared to other parts of the country.

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