Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 9, Issue 2, 2007; Page No.(287-289)

ORAL CANCER: REVERSE SMOKING AND CHEWING SMOKELESS CARCINOGENS IN SLUM DWELLERS OF SRIKAKULAM DISTRECT, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA

HEPSIBAH PAUVELA', K.M. ELIZABETH' AND V.S. GHOLE

Abstract

The carcinogenic effect of reverse smoking and chewing carcinogens on oral cancer of the individuals from five slum areas of Srikakulam district was assessed in the present study. The use of cigars, cigarettes, and beedi, the chewing substances such as gutka, tobacco,gudaku and their effect on oral cancer was very high in the slums surveyed. The highest percentage of oral cancers (79.4%) were observed in Nakka veedhi and Dammala veedhi slums. The effect of oral cancer (due to the use of carcinogenic substances) on age, sex, diet, other diseases and socioeconomic status of the slum dwellers was evaluated.

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