'Nearly 2 lakh head, neck cancer cases being diagnosed annually'
Nearly two lakh new head and neck cancer cases are diagnosed annually and they count for 16% of all cancer-related deaths across the country, said Dr Shamit Chopra from Patel Cancer and Super Specialty Hospital here.punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2013 18:26 IST
Nearly two lakh new head and neck cancer cases are diagnosed annually and they count for 16% of all cancer-related deaths across the country, said Dr Shamit Chopra from Patel Cancer and Super Specialty Hospital here.
He said that head and neck cancer was the most common among males in India. “The main symptoms of oral, head and neck cancer are non-healing mouth ulcers, voice change, difficulty in swallowing or breathing, pain during swallowing, bleeding from the mouth or nose, unexplained weight loss, a lump in the face or neck, difficulty in mouth opening, nasal blockage and ear fullness,” he added.
He said that in majority of the cases patient seldom comes to know of the disease at an early stage.
The hospital is celebrating the international oral, head and neck cancer awareness week from April 14 to 20.
"This global initiative aims to detect and screen head and neck cancer at an early stage through the formation of free screening sites. We have diagnosed and treated over 600 head and neck cancer patients in the last two years," he added.
A free OPD screening would be conducted from 9am to 5pm on April 18 apart from free examinations, scans and blood tests.
He added, “The hospital is forming Laryngectomee Club of Punjab. The inaugural meeting will be held on April 20 at 3pm.”
What is laryngectomee
Laryngectomee is a surgery procedure for advanced cancer of the voice box. This surgery is life changing as the lifestyle of the patients gets modified significantly in the post-operative period. Such patients have to breathe through a permanent stoma (hole) in the lower neck.