Oral Cancer in Sri Lanka

According to the National Cancer Registry 2008, oral pharyngeal cancer was 12.8 % of all reported cancers in Sri Lanka and carrying highest mortality rate among different types of cancers ( 3 deaths per day)

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Oral Cancer Facts

Oral squamous cell carcinoma synonymously defined as oral cancer is the commonest malignancy in males of Sri Lanka. Research has shown convincingly that the ingredients in the betel quid especially tobacco and arecanut are very dangerous carcinogens.

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Research Oppertunities

Center for Research in Oral Cancer offers many opportunities for students and researchers from worldwide to participate in research and creative endeavors.

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Oral squamous cell carcinoma synonymously defined as oral cancer is the commonest malignancy in males of Sri Lanka. The reason for the high prevalence of oral cancer is the traditional habit (betel chewing) practiced by people of South Asia. Research has shown convincingly that the ingredients in the betel quid especially tobacco and arecanut are very dangerous carcinogens. Three to four citizens in the country succumbed to oral cancer every single day. Most of these victims are from low socio-economical backgrounds. Despite the fact that oral cancer is a preventable cancer with habit intervention, prevalence data does not seem to show a downward trend over many decades. That demands scientific approach to intervene on this dreadful habit which most people in this country are not aware of. The Centre for Research in Oral Cancer (CROC) at the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya was established to facilitate this process.

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