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IDA organises month-long camps to spread awareness on oral cancer

IDA organises month-long camps to spread awareness on oral cancer

Kolkata: The Indian Dental Association's (IDA) Kolkata and the Suburban branch have started one month-long oral cancer awareness camps at 10 different places to impart knowledge on how to check oral cancer and other ailments.

The IDA has already been observing 'Oral Cancer Awareness Month' which will continue till February 4. One of the main objectives of the programme is to ensure that people become aware on how to prevent various oral diseases.

The Republic Day celebrations turned out to be a platform for the IDA to send across a message to various sections

of society.

Free oral health care and cancer screening camps were held at 10 different places —Berhampore, Bhangarh, Anandapalit, Hooghly, Beniapukur, Daspur, Mandarmani, Budge Budge, Tangra and Mourigram on the Republic Day. Various kits were provided to people for free and demonstrations were done illustrating the easy methods for detection and prevention of oral cancer.

It may be mentioned that the Bengal chapter of the IDA has already taken up an elaborate programme vowing to fight against deadly diseases like cancer. Various branches of the IDA are organising camps at regular intervals.

Dr Raju Biswas, president, IDA Kolkata and the suburban Branch, who is also the secretary of Bengal chapter of the organisation said: "With the alarming increase in tobacco consumption in the past few decades, the oral cancer has become most potential threat to mankind. The procedure to check the disease is simple but most people are not familiar with the facts. We hope to educate them with the pre-cancerous symptoms through these oral health care camps".

Dr Mousum Mondal , secretary, IDA Kolkata and suburban branch stated: "Health is a birthright for all the citizens. We hope to provide better healthcare facilities to all strata through one month-long dental and oral health care camps. We have successfully reached out to almost 1000 people on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day, teaching them ways to detect and prevent

oral cancer."

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