Mrs. Sunita Chowdhury, Chief Dietician, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi 110005.
Head and neck cancers account for more than 5,50,000 cases all over the world. Ranking sixth in number in comparison to all cancers, there is an alarming increase in its incidence over the past decade in developing countries. It is the leading cause of death and disability in India.
Tobacco, the herb which was known for its medicinal properties has now become the deadliest substance in the world. It is the single greatest cause of preventable mortality and morbidity. Our country sees one million deaths per year. Around 90 million Indians are left diseased and 270 million people are living in distress owing to the consumption of tobacco.