According to a well-known and top orthodontist, oral cancer kills one person in every 6 hours, thus signaling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease. Ashok Dhoble, secretary general of the Indian Dental Association said that this situation could be even more serious as many cases of the disease often go unreported.
Dhoble said that the cases of the diseases as well as deaths resulting from it in the rural areas as well as among the poorer sections of the society are hardly registered. He pointed out that owing to the high prevalence of smokers as well as the widespread use of other chewable tobacco products; the country has seen a steep growth in the number of oral cancer patients in the previous decade.
Dr. Dhoble added that oral cancer accounts for about 40 percent of all the cancer-related diseases in the country, with the North-Eastern states being the worst affected. He added that states like Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat are also affected by this rising concern, especially with every third person in these states using tobacco-related products.
Talking about the many measures that are being taken to curb the prevalence of the disease Dhoble said that nothing short of a total ban on the use of tobacco is going to work in bringing the number of cases down.
He pointed out that it is nicotine that is present in tobacco that makes it addictive as well as difficult for a person to quit. Recognizing that a massive population of people are employed with the tobacco industry in the country, he added that the government will have to look for alternative livelihood should they decide to put a ban on the selling of tobacco and such products, completely.
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