This campaign has started from January 03 to February 04. This campaign will be carried out across the state. NSS students from 12 colleges in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai will perform street plays in order to spread awareness on oral cancer.
Dr Sadhana Tayade, the Joint Director with the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) was the chief guest of this event.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ashok Dhobale, General Secretary of the Indian Medical Association, said, “The number of patients affected with oral cancer is increasing by the day. In India, 1 out of 10 people die due to oral cancer, each year. The mortality rate is increasing due to oral cancer. Keeping this in mind, we have started this campaign of National Tobacco Month in order to spread awareness on oral cancer and also have oral cancer detection camps.”
He added, “Each year, over 1.5 lakh people develop cancer due to the consumption of tobacco, while 4.2 lakh people develop cardiovascular diseases, and 3.7 lakh people develop a respiratory illness. The incidence of smoking is rapidly increasing among young children. 5,000 teenagers get addicted to smoking each year. This poses a great risk to public health. It is predicted that by the year 2020, 13% of deaths will be due to tobacco consumption. This is one of the main reasons, for which have initiated this campaign.”
While Dr Tayade stated, “More and more youngsters are getting addicted to tobacco products, the state government had organised oral health camp across 34 districts in Maharashtra, during the camp over two crore and sixty lakh people were screened for oral cancer, out of which 450 patients were diagnosed with oral cancer. The treatment of these patients is being carried out through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP).”
She added, “Being aware about the dangers of tobacco consumption is the first step in preventing in oral cancer. We appreciate this wonderful campaign. We are considering to implement a similar campaign across various districts in Maharashtra with the participation of doctors from the private sector.”