Health

Oral cancer and conditions on the rise

Data currently being analyzed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is beginning to show increases in the number of oral cancers and other oral conditions being reported and treated at larger hospitals in the country. This was highlighted by the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the Fiji Dental Association 40th Annual Conference at the […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 7, 2016 9:16 am

Data currently being analyzed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is beginning to show increases in the number of oral cancers and other oral conditions being reported and treated at larger hospitals in the country.

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The PresidentMajor-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the Fiji Dental Association 40th Annual Conference at the Pearl Resort last night. (Fijian Government)

This was highlighted by the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the Fiji Dental Association 40th Annual Conference at the Pearl Resort last night.

President Konrote said it is a worrying trend for everyone because it shows that more people are suffering from severe and life-threatening conditions in the mouth, which are difficult to treat and cure.

KONROTE: “The healthier our mouths, the lesser our exposure to pathogens and the healthier will be our organs and body. Patients who have chronic conditions, those with NCD’s like diabetes and heart diseases already have compromised health statuses, that is to say, their immune system and normal protective responses to infections are greatly weakened, and these are aggravated by extremely high loads of bacteria and viruses that place more stress on the body and it’s organs.”

He said to make matters worse, patients with poor oral health usually cannot eat properly and have bleeding and painful gums, making the patient weaker and slower to recover from infections and wounds.

KONROTE: “Focusing in on the mouth, tooth decay, periodontal disease and other oral conditions like oral cancers and oral pathologies, inevitably lead to tooth loss and a diminished quality of life. It is expensive to seek dental treatment and a lot of school time and work hours are lost while attending to dental treatment needs.”

President Konrote said it makes sense to always take easy and practical steps to prevent diseases, as the old adage goes, “Prevention Is Better Than Cure”

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