Oral cancer is among the debilitating conditions worsening the quality of an individual’s life. Oral cancer metastasizes to several organs in the human body and is associated with high mortality rate. Cigarette and pipe smoking, alcohol consumption, and betel nut chewing are the major risk factors for the development of oral squamous cell carcinoma. Betel nut is consumed wrapped in betel leaves and produces histological changes in the oral soft tissues. Betel nut chewing is also a major cause of oral tissue scarring and oral sub mucous fibrosis.
In addition to the development of cancer of the mouth, betel nut chewing causes exacerbation of asthma and respiratory disorders, hypertension and cardiac manifestations. It has been associated with higher blood sugar levels leading to occurrence of type II diabetes mellitus. The following video describes the role of betel nut chewing in the development of mouth cancer.
Do you know that consumption of betel nuts can cause oral cancer? Perhaps not! But doctors say it does and the cases of oral cancers are rising day by day. The deadly habit of taking betel nuts with betel leaves or chewing them raw is followed overBeware, chewers: Betel nut may cause cancer (VIDEO)
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Betel nut chewing is a major risk factor for oral cancer (VIDEO)