KARACHI: Helpline Trust in collaboration with Pakistan Dental Association Karachi organized a seminar on Oral Cancer- A Looming Disaster at a local hotel. Hamid Maker, Founder Trustee, Helpline Trust, said in his welcome address that we had been working on this issue over 15 years and creating awareness in government and private schools in collaboration with a team of leading doctors.
He said that according to doctors, pan, chalia, gutka and smoking was a growing menace in our society and causing oral diseases, like mouth and throat cancer, which caused deaths in children and adults.
These important facts had been explained in detail to the low-income groups and their children, by leading dental doctors and surgeons in a campaign organized by Helpline Trust in collaboration with Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry (HCMD).
Dr Feroz Jahangir, General Secretary, Pakistan Dental Association Karachi, stated in his key note address that we keep on visiting schools and aware the students about the dangerous effects of the pan, chalia, gutka and manpuri. He also said that we must individually try to aware the people of this menace.
Dr SM. Qaisar Sajjad, ENT Surgeon, said: “Mouth cancer has been increasing quickly, the basic reason is paan chalia, gutka, naswar and manpuri. Chalia is a poison that we are importing and he also said that over 122 brands of chalia are available in the city. Dr Sajjad said that gutka has been selling more than 150kg daily.”
“Many villages in the interior of Sindh are addicted to this dangerous and deadly poison and we are creating zombies. And according to reports from the University of Karachi, certain brands of sweet chalia are addictive, as they contained traces of addictive substances.”
Dr Zubair Abbasi, Associate Prof, HOD Dentistry, KMDC, said in his speech that: “Oral cancer is a malignant growth that affects any part of the oral cavity, including the lips, upper or lower jaw, tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat.”
Some signs of oral cancer may be a red or white patch or lump anywhere in mouth for more than a month, a sore in the mouth that bleeds easily or does not heal, problems chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue and jaw (these are later symptoms).
Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Commissioner Karachi, said that prevention is better than cure and we have to play a role in this matter individually.
The other speakers who were present Justice (Retd) Majida Razvi, Trustee, Helpline Trust, Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, SG, Pakistan Medical Association Center, Dr. Shahnaz Khalid, Trustee, Helpline Trust and Dr. Ashar Afaq, Vice Principal, Dow International Dental College.