Oral cancer caused by chewing betel nut quids is a growing problem in Myanmar, according to a leading dentist in the country’s former capital.
A betel chew seller prepares the digestive chew outside a tea house in Yangon, in 2006. Popular in Myanmar, the digestive chews are made of small pieces of betel nut wrapped in a betel leaf, spread with lime paste. The chewed mass is spat out, but can be held for hours in the mouth,. It stains the teeth deep red and has been linked to oral cancer. (EPA Photo)
Professor Swe Swe Win, of the University of Dental Medicine in Yangon, claims patients diagnosed with oral cancer often refuse treatment because it is too expensive for them.
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