Panaji: Indoco Remedies Ltd on Tuesday announced a state-wide campaign for early detection of oral cancer, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.
According to the company, around 80 per cent cases are diagnosed in the advanced stage, which makes it difficult to treat.
“The all-India campaign is being conducted with the help of healthcare specialist and was first rolled out in Mumbai on July 27, 2017,” said Samir Daini, senior deputy general manager, Indoco Remedies, Mumbai.
He revealed that in Goa the campaign will be carried out on a larger scale with about nine training sessions for doctors and a camp to be held every month for the public.
Daini also pointed out that many dentists in the state have encountered cases of oral cancer but the lack of awareness of the symptoms delays the detection process.
Also present at the briefing was Dr Shekhar Salkar, chief, department of oncology, Manipal Hospital, Dona Paula, Dr Nimish Pillai, chief medical officer and head of gynecology, Mormugao Port Trust Hospital, Vasco and Dr Eugene George Rent, consultant cancer surgeon, Manipal Hospital.
Incidence of oral cancer in the state is about 25 per cent, said doctors participating in the