Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Initiative to raise awareness on Head and Neck Cancer by Healthcare Global Enterprises Ltd. (HCG)

With The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) having proclaimed July 27th “World Head and Neck Cancer Day”, HCG along with Pink Hope Patient Support Group organized an awarness campaign on head and neck cancer.

“Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world and in India constitutes 30-40 per cent of all cancers among men. The most common causes are consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Alcohol often taken together with Cigarette makes carcinogens in tobacco enter our tissues better as alcohol is an excellent solvent.  Smokeless tobacco, such as gutka or paan, is a major issue in India. These agents, when taken together, increase the person’s cancer risk by eight or 10 times, accounting for 90 percent of oral cancers and 80 percent of laryngeal cancers in our population. We are the mouth cancer capital of the world owing to this habit. An emerging problem today is human papilloma virus in head and neck cancer, especially tonsil. HPv was known to cause cervical cancer, but today even Tonsillar Cancers are increasing due to HPv infection,” said Dr. Vishal Rao – Consultant - Head and Neck Surgeon - HCG