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Gutka use; Report reveals rising ratio of Mouth cancer cases in Karachi

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Jinnah Hospital Medical Oncology Department report revealed that mouth (oral) cancer cases in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi are rising day by day due to the use of Gutka/Mawa from 2018 to 2021 5629 cases reported in JPMC OPD.

However shockingly with the rise of 10 Percent ,1264 cases of mouth cancer cases reported in this year till 22nd August 2022, which is an alarming situation as large number of public specially youth still using Gutka/Mawa including other forms of smokeless tobacco which is available everywhere in the city despite of ban

The said cases are just reported in JPMC- Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, however the actual number of mouth cancer cases are very high as there are other hospitals also in the city which are providing treatment of mouth cancer.

The mentioned report was submitted by Advocate Muzammil Mumtaz Meo in Sindh High Court (SHC) during the hearing of case regarding Gutka/Mawa ban in Sindh Province.

SHC has adjourned the case till three weeks and ordered Police to present a detailed report regarding action against Gutka Mafia as well as action against police personals who involve in backing them.

While speaking with Daily City News Advocate Muzammil Mumtaz stated that there is a need of running massive awareness campaign regarding the hazards of Gutka/Mawa including other forms of smokeless tobacco which is the leading cause of mouth cancer.

 

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