Oral Cancer

Oral squamous cell carcinoma or Oral Cancer is ranked as the number one malignancy in Sri Lanka taking the lives of 3-4 patients from low socio-economic backgrounds every day. National Cancer Registry 2008 stated that oral pharyngeal cancer contributed to 12.8% of total cancers reported in the country. According to the National Cancer Registry 2008, oral pharyngeal cancer contributed to 12.8% of all reported cancers in Sri Lanka and carries the highest mortality rate among different types of cancers (3 deaths per day). National cancer control program (NCCP) has targeted to reduce the burden of oral cancer by 15% by the end of 2020 mainly through the primary prevention and early detection of oral cancer.

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