Medicine

Tracing the drivers of oral cancer

Print edition : February 07, 2014

An oral cancer patient undergoes routine check-up at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. Photo: Indranil MUKHERJEE/AFP

A woman affected by oral cancer, in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Chewing of areca nut and tobacco with slaked lime causes over half of the oral cancers in India. Photo: M. Srinath

The ICGC-India team’s study of oral cancer, the leading cancer among males in India, has revealed that alterations in several genes and biological pathways are specific to driving the “Indian variety” of oral cancer—the gingivo-buccal oral cancer.
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