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Risk Factors and Costs of Oral Cancer in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Delhi

  • Goyal, Sandeep (National Institute of Health and Family Welfare) ;
  • Tiwari, Vijay Kumar (National Institute of Health and Family Welfare) ;
  • Nair, Kesavan Sreekantan (National Institute of Health and Family Welfare) ;
  • Raj, Sherin (National Institute of Health and Family Welfare)
  • Published : 2014.02.28

Abstract

The present study conducted with 100 oral cancer patients at a private tertiary care hospital in Delhidemonstrated that stage III cancer was associated with longer use of tobacco and poor oral hygiene. There was also statistically significant association (p<.05) between consumption of tobacco and alcohol. More than 60% treatment expenditure was on surgery followed by accommodation (9%) and investigations (8%). The effect of tobacco was well known among patients as 76% of the patients knew that common cancer in tobacco chewer is 'oral cancer', 22% of the patients however responded that they did not know which cancer is common in tobacco chewers. 58% said that they learnt about ill effects of tobacco from media while 24% said they learnt from family and friends. Out of 78 tobacco users, 60 (77%) said that they never received help to quit tobacco while 18(23%) have received help to quit.

Keywords

Oral cancer;carcinoma;tobacco;oral hygiene;stages of cancer;comorbid conditions;treatment cost

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