GUWAHATI, May 20 � A conference on �Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Oral Cancers� will be organised by the Department of Head & Neck Oncology of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, in association with the Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology in India (FHNO), on May 22 and 23.
This conference is being organised to address the unmet need of capacity development of oral health professionals for oral cancer control and prevention, said a statement.
It added that the conference will fulfil the world cancer declaration targets by strengthening the existing health system to ensure early diagnosis of oral cancer patients in the population of North-east India.
The faculty members for the workshop are Dr Kumar Alok Pathak from the University of Manitoba, Canada, Dr Madan Kapre, Director of Neeti Clinic, Nagpur and former president of FHNO, India, Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, professor of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr Ravi Mehrotra, Director of the Institute of Cytology, ICMR, New Delhi, and Dr Anupam Chatterjee, professor of Biotechnology, NEHU, Shillong.
The conference will start with a live surgical workshop on pre-malignant lesions and early oral cancers at 8.30 am on May 22.
The statement said that oral cancers are amenable to early diagnosis due to its anatomic location and can be managed quite effectively at an early stage with much lesser morbidity to the patients.
�More than 80 per cent of patients with oral cancer come to oncologists at a fairly advanced stage (Stage III and Stage IV) of the disease. This can be attributed to patient and professional delays. At this juncture, emphasis should be laid on the early diagnosis and proper management of oral cancers by reducing professional delays. This goal can be achieved by imparting innovative education and training opportunities to oral healthcare professionals in the early diagnosis and proper management of oral cancers,� it added.