Chewing Of Betel Leaves Caused The Increase Of Oral Cancer Amongst Sri Lankans
The Oral Cancer among Sri Lankans are in increase due to the habit of chewing betel leaves according to the Consultant in Community Dentistry attached to the National Cancer Control Programme Dr.Hemantha Amarasinha .Tobacco Leaves,Arecanut and Lime which are using as sub ingredients when chewing Betel Leaves are also acting as Cancer Agents he stressed.
Due to this situation Dr.Amarasinha has appealed to the Sri Lankan Public to avoid of chewing Betel Leaves and the related ingredients to prevent of getting Oral Cancer.Oral Cancer has identified as the number one Cancer amongst Male Population in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile International Researchers have found that the Cancer Agent "Safrole " substance is contain in Betel Leaves.
According to the latest statistics 14.1 per 100,000 Male Population and 3.8 per 100,000 Female Population in Sri Lanka are having Oral Cancer.1617 Oral Cancer Patients are identified in the year 2005 according to the Dr.Amarasinha.Except the habit of Betel Chewing the other factors identified as causing spreading of Oral Cancer amongst the Sri Lankan Population are Smoking,Liquor Addiction ,Viral Infections in side mouth and the Sun Light he stressed.
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