Oral cancer screening started in JP hospital

  • Use of modern equipment for the first time in Jai Prakash Hospital

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
For the first time, a special facility of autofluorescence-based equipment Velscope and Gokcells for oral cancer screening and treatment has been started in District Hospital, Bhopal.

This test is being done free of cost in the dental wing of the hospital. Through this, early diagnosis can be done so that deformities and other problems caused by late diagnosis can be avoided. Dental experts Dr. Ruchita Khade, Dr. Shivangini Nayak, Dr. Humera, Dr. Shaizah Anees, Dr. Apeksha have been put on duty for screening. Regarding this special test available in the district hospital, hospital manager Premchand Gupta can be contacted on mobile number – 8319749060.

Chief Medical and Health Officer, Bhopal, Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari said that white or red rash or wound in the mouth, hardening of the skin at any part of the mouth, difficulty in chewing, swallowing or speaking, difficulty in opening the mouth, difficulty in voice changes etc. can be symptoms of oral cancer. People who use tobacco products like gutkha, khaini, zarda, beedi and cigarettes are much more likely to develop oral cancer than others.

Cancer can affect any part of mouth

Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth. This includes the gums, tongue, inside of the cheeks or lips. At present, every year 12 to 13 lakh people die in the country due to diseases caused by tobacco. In Madhya Pradesh, 37 percent of the population is consuming tobacco in some form or the other. There is a risk of many types of cancer from tobacco. India has the highest incidence of oral cancer. In India, 18 to 20 percent of the total cancer patients suffer from oral cancer. The impact of the increasing threat of tobacco is spreading rapidly among children and youth below 18 years of age.

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