By Dr Anuradha Shah
This is the most common cancer among men and the 3rd most common cancer among women.It occurs in the gums, cheek and tongue.130,000 people die annually in India due to oral cancer, which is approximately 14 deaths per hour.Tobacco use in the form of gutka, quid, snuff or misri, bidi and cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor in the cause of oral cancer.Unfortunately 70-80% patients are diagnosed with advanced cancer, making it difficult to treat. Almost half of them die within 12 months of diagnosis.
Can oral cancer be prevented or found early?
Looking at your mouth every day may help find early signs.These warning signs are painless or painful white (leukoplakia) or red (erythroplakia) patches in the mouth.
Please see your doctor immediately and stop using tobacco.It is an important step in the prevention of oral cancers.