Thursday, 5 June 2014
ORAL CANCER ON RISE IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Excessive chewing of betel nut, alcohol consumption and smoking increases the chance of getting cancer, according to Dr Rose Andrew from the Department of Health.
Oral cancer is said to be one of the most dangerous forms of cancer affecting PNG with an average of three patients needing treatment at Port Moresby General Hospital oral health clinic each week.
Research has shown that people between the ages of 25 and 40 are likely to develop oral cancer.
Dr Andrew said if a child who starts chewing at the age of 10, will likely develop mouth cancer at the age of 25. She said that many who come for treatment are at the later stages of detection.
There are several types of oral cancer but around 90% originate in the tissues that line the mouth and lips. Please click: