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July 6, 2011 - India records the highest number of oral cancer cases in the world, with as many as 80,000 new cases reported every year. Experts at India’s cancer institute say that chewing tobacco and gutkha contribute to 90 percent of the cases. Scientific evidence has established that chewing tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, pancreas, stomach, kidney, and lungs. There is growing concern that the number of children becoming addicted to smokeless tobacco in India is increasing. “The tobacco industry has been targeting youth and children by selling products outside schools and colleges, distributing free samples and getting film stars to endorse these killer products. Firm action has to be taken against this,” said activist Ram Kumar. “Immediate intervention from parents and teachers is needed to save them from tripping to the next level of addictives,” said Dr. Vidhubala from the tobacco cessation cell.
For more information, please visit http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/lifestyle/health/india-leads-world-oral-cancer-757
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