Prevention of Betel Quid Chewers’ Oral Cancer in the Asian-Pacific Area


“Betel quid chewers’ oral cancer” is one of the most common malignancies in South and SoutheastAsian countries.Oral premalignancies are also very common in betel quid chewers and about 10% of these undergo malignanttransformation. Although education for cessation of the betel quid chewing habit is important, there are few adequatestrategies and policies for primary prevention, health promotion and education related to oral cancer control, especiallyin rural areas. In addition to oral health education, it is also crucial to establish a data-management system as wellas monitoring and evaluation systems for oral cancer prevention.