Dr. V.Shantha's Profile

Dr. V.Shantha

Chairman & Executive Chairman of the Cancer Institute (WIA)
Dr. V.Shantha, present Chairman & Executive Chairman of the Cancer Institute (WIA) Adyar, Chennai. A well-known and distinguished doctor, she committed her life to improving the lives of cancer patients. Dr V.Shanta was born in a distinguished scientific family, her maternal grandfather's brother was Sir. C.V.Raman and her mother's brother was Shri. Chandrashekar, both Nobel Laureates.

World Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Exclusive Interview With Dr. V.Shantha, Adyar Cancer Institute

Highlights:
  • Oral cancer is one of the top three cancers that are prevalent in India
  • It is estimated that 1.7 million people will be affected by oral cancer by the year 2035
  • Dr.V.Shantha shares her experience about working with cancer patients, the risk factors of the disease, and emphasizes that cancer is preventable
Oral cancer awareness month is observed to improve understanding about oral cancer, which is any malignant neoplasm found on the floor of the mouth, the lip, lining of the tongue or the palate. Most of the oral cancer cases are squamous cell carcinoma. There is a high prevalence of oral cancer in India and it is among the top three cancers prevalent in the country.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer:
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking Tobacco
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Chewing betel nut
  • Poor dental care
  • Poor diet
  • Human Papilloma Virus
Studies conducted in India have shown that oral cancer is highly prevalent in low income families. This is because low income families are subjected to
  • Poor nutrition
  • Insufficient health care
  • Inadequate living conditions
  • Habits and behavior that increase risk for oral cancer
Poverty and Oral Cancer:

In India and similar other developing nations, patients from low income and middle income families do not have access to good, well organized, quality cancer treatment facilities. To complicate procedures, these families are often faced with high treatment expenditures which can further push them into poverty.

Incidence of Oral Cancer in India

  • Oral cancer incidence in India is 20 per 100,000 population.
  • It constitutes 30% of all cancers.
  • Every day, more than 5 people in India die every hour due to oral cancer.
According to The International Agency for Research on Cancer:
  • The incidence of oral cancer is estimated to increase from 1 million in 2012 to more than 1.7 million in the year 2035.
  • The death rate due to this form of cancer will also increase from 680000 to 1- 2 million during the same period.
Since cancer registry is not compulsory in India, the present incidence of oral cancer could be higher than recorded. In the United.States, 49,750 new incidences of oral cancer are identified every year. Patients who do survive this type of cancer suffer from facial disfigurement and difficulties while speaking and eating. There is a high mortality rate associated with this cancer as it is usually identified during the later stages of the disease. Globally, one person dies due to oral cancer every hour, increasing the need to raise awareness about the disease. ...

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