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Tobacco usage is leading source cancers, claim cancer specialists of Paras Health Panchkula

CHANDIGARH  30TH MAY 2023: World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on May 31. According to recent studies, tobacco use, both in the form of smoking and smokeless tobacco, has been identified as the primary cause of oral cancers. India, in particular, has emerged as the country with the highest number of mouth cancer patients worldwide, accounting for approximately one-third of all reported cases.
To spread awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco on human body, a team of Cancer experts from Paras Health Panchkula including Brig Dr Rajeshwar Singh, Director - Medical Oncology, Dr Chitresh Aggarwal, Senior Consultant - Medical Oncology; Dr Rajan Sahu, Associate Director - Surgical Oncology; Dr Shubh Mahindru, Senior Consultant - Surgical Oncology, Dr Parneet Singh, Consultant - Radiation Oncology and Dr Anupam Gauba, Associate Director - Nuclear Medicine apprised the media persons of the alarming situation.

According to Dr Rajeshwar Singh, "The statistics are distressing, as nearly 70% of mouth cancer patients in India present at an advanced stage of the disease, highlighting the urgent need for early detection and effective treatment." 

Recognizing the critical role of timely intervention, Paras Health, Panchkula, is at the forefront of providing world-class and cutting-edge treatments for oral cancer.

Dr Chitresh added, lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. Each year, more people died of lung cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer.

Dr. Rajan Sahu emphasized that surgery remains the mainstay of treatment for cancers of mouth and the hospital offers the latest advancements in surgical techniques to ensure the best outcomes for patients. The multidisciplinary team at Paras Hospital collaborates to create personalized treatment plans, tailored to meet each patient's unique needs.

Dr. Shubh Mahindru shed light on the most common causes of oral cancer. Chewing tobacco and smoking are the leading culprits behind the development of oral cancer. Individuals who smoke face a significantly higher risk of oral cancer, ranging from 5 to 10 times greater than non-smokers. This risk is further compounded if alcohol consumption is involved. Buccal mucosa, followed by the tongue, is the most commonly affected area in the oral cavity.

With a commitment to improving patient outcomes and ensuring the highest standard of care, Paras Hospital is dedicated to fighting the battle against oral cancer. Radiation is required by around 70-80 percent of all cancer patients sometime during the course of their treatment.

Radiation either alone or in combination with either chemotherapy or Surgery or both is used in cancer treatment. "Radiation is painless and side effects only depend on the area treated. It helps in organ preservation in cancers like larynx, etc," said Dr Parneet Singh.

In conclusion, Dr Anupam Gauba said that we are offering comprehensive molecular imaging services at our state of the art nuclear medicine department. The department has installed a high end “time of flight” based PETCT and a state of the art dual head gamma camera. Besides diagnostic services the department also offers targeted molecular therapies for advanced cancers which are not only very effective but have limited side effects. 

According to Dr. Jatinder Arora, the Facility Director at Paras Health Panchkula, “At Paras health we strive to improve healthcare services and enhance patient outcomes through clinical excellence, empathy and compassionate care”.

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