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A Comparative Study on the Pattern of Tobacco Related Cancers and Habits of Tobacco Usage amongst Bengali Muslim Community of Barpeta District Assam, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Hospital Cancer Registry, Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute, Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati-781016, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (5), Pages 22-24, May,14 (2014)

Abstract

The use of tobacco in any form is a common practice amongst both the males and females of Bengali speaking Muslim community of Barpeta District of Assam.Males and females from the Bengali Muslim community use tobacco in various forms, both chewable and smoking forms.Tobacco related cancers (TRC) are preventable form of cancer by primary cancer control programmes. In this analysis, authors have tried to study the pattern of TRCs of the Bengali Muslim community of Barpeta and correlated with the tobacco habit prevalent in this community.Our study has shown that knowledge on the types of tobacco use and associated cancers of a community are necessary for conducting community based awareness programmes on cancer by imparting health education, rather than generalizing an awareness programme for different communities which may differ in its customary habits of tobacco use.

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