Guwahati: Assam has the highest number ofpatients with cancer of the oesophagus in the country withbetel nut and tobacco chewing being the major contributors.
Oesophagal cancer in men is detected from the age oflate 40s-early 50s and reaches the peak by the age of 60-65while in women it tends to strike from 50-54 years of age andreaches the peak by 70-75 years. The study also found that a person who chews 20 ormore betel nuts per day has a 13 time higher risk ofdeveloping oesophagal cancer than a person who does not.
Intake of 5-10 betel nuts per day increases the riskby 2.5 times while one who has been chewing betel nuts formore than 20 years carries a 10-fold higher risk. If a person consumes alcohol and smoke cigarettes inaddition to chewing betel nut, the risk increases by anadditional 4-5 folds. PTI
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