Get to the root of oral cancer

“TIME is shortening. But, every day that I challenge this cancer and surviving is a victory for me,” said Ingrid Bergman, a Swedish actress and winner of three Academy Awards. I am starting with this quote because a sufferer can understand real suffering, irrespective of his or her stature.
Oral cancer occurs in the head and neck region. In spite of its rarity, oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world and the third most common among Indian Malaysians, according to the latest report of the Health Ministry’s National Cancer Registry. It is a well-known fact that excessive tobacco smoking, betel quid chewing and consumption of alcohol are major contributing factors of oral cancer. Having said that, it is also evident that individuals who are not addicted to the above may contract it, too, because of environmental factors. Another cause of worry is the development of pre-cancerous oral lesion (leukoplakia in medical terms). It is worth mentioning that smoking is the major reason behind this development.

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