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Chuck the Tobacco to Keep Cancer at Bay, Urge Doctors

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28 April 2009
Hyderabad, India

Countless warnings by doctors, social groups and the Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss’ continued efforts to discourage smoking notwithstanding, tobacco still tops the list of factors causing oral Cancer. Every year in India alone, around 7 lakh people are detected with oral, head or neck cancer and half of them succumb to it. There is a 30 per cent increase in cancer cases each year in the country and it can mainly be attributed to lifestyle disorders and changing habits of people.

Sharing this information were doctors from the ENT Department, Osmania Government Hospital, at a press conference in connection with Oral, Neck and Head Cancer awareness week which is being held from April 27 to May 3. The camp will be held from 9 Am to 11 am where cancer–related tests will be conducted for the general public at the ENT Hospital, Koti.

Stressing the need for early diagnosis, Dr Vishnu Vardhan Reddy says “Cancer can be cured if it’s diagnosed in the early stages. The patients can then lead a normal life too post–treatment. For this,the people should have awareness about symptoms, get themselves tested and extend their cooperation,” he added. Early symptoms in case of oral, throat and head cancer include change of voice, prolonged cough, throat pain etc.

He further said that people should not worry too much about the cost of treatment as the Government has schemes which would bear the expenses of patients. Though tobacco and gutkha have been categorised as the primary causes of cancer, there are other factors too. These are alcohol, banned Narcotics, passive smoking and spread of virus due to unsafe sex. Cellphone radiations and hookah smoking can also aggravate the condition.

Dr Sridhar Reddy says, “Everyone should remember that tobacco is an evil that kills. It’s better if the general public, especially youngsters, wake up to the danger of a unhealthy lifestyle. It’s best to be aware and prevent such diseases rather than feel sorry later.” He said most of patients are in the age group of 40–60 years.

Comparing the conditions that exist in western world, he said, “Though there are a high number of tobacco users in western countries the rate of cancer is relatively low. It is due to the fact that the standard of socio–economic conditions in India is very low and due to poor immunity levels of people they tend to fall prey to the disease.”

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