Bhopal: Oral Cancer Symptoms Detected in 291 Individuals

291 out of the 1,207 patients who have been screened so far have had concerning oral cancer symptoms found in them
The goal of the screening is to find early indicators of oral cancer. It is made easier by contemporary tools like GOCCLES and Velscope. (Representational image: Unsplash)
The goal of the screening is to find early indicators of oral cancer. It is made easier by contemporary tools like GOCCLES and Velscope. (Representational image: Unsplash)

A screening program conducted recently at JP Hospital in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, has revealed concerning results about oral cancer. 291 out of the 1,207 patients who have been screened so far have had concerning oral cancer symptoms found in them.

The goal of the screening is to find early indicators of oral cancer. It is made easier by contemporary tools like GOCCLES and Velscope. Among the people who were screened, symptoms including white or red patches, lesions, or stiffened skin in the oral cavity have been noted, coupled with difficulties swallowing, chewing, or speaking.

The Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bhopal, Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari, highlighted the importance of early mouth cancer detection and treatment. Regular checks are especially advised for those who are experiencing symptoms or have a history of using tobacco products, such as gutkha, khaini, zarda, beedi, or cigarettes.

Early symptoms of oral cancer include white or red rashes, wounds, and difficulty in chewing or speaking, emphasizing the importance of regular screenings
Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Bhopal
Oral cancer accounts for about 18 to 20 percent of all cancer cases in the nation. (Representational image: Wikimedia commons)
Oral cancer accounts for about 18 to 20 percent of all cancer cases in the nation. (Representational image: Wikimedia commons)

India has the highest incidence of oral cancer in the world, and tobacco use is still a major risk factor. Oral cancer accounts for about 18 to 20 percent of all cancer cases in the nation. Dr. Tiwari underlined the serious effects of diseases linked to tobacco use, pointing out that 12 to 13 lakh people in India alone die from these conditions each year.

The screening camp not only detects early signs of oral cancer but also underscores the importance of lifestyle choices, especially concerning tobacco consumption. With three patients already referred for biopsy, the medical community stresses the need for proactive measures in combating this prevalent yet preventable disease.

The initiative, which is part of the Non-Communicable Disease Control Programme, provides the general population with free cancer screening and treatment options. The program's goal is to improve public health outcomes by lessening the effects of diseases like mouth cancer by offering easily available healthcare treatments.

(Input from various media sources)

(Rehash/ Susmita Bhandary/MSM)

The goal of the screening is to find early indicators of oral cancer. It is made easier by contemporary tools like GOCCLES and Velscope. (Representational image: Unsplash)
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