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Zain, R. B. and Ali, T. B. and Jalalluddin, R. L. and Razak, I. A. (1996) Prevalence of oral precancerous and cancerous lesions in elderly Malaysians. Asia-Pacific journal of public health / Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, 9. pp. 24-27. ISSN 1368-8375

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    A house to house survey on elderly subjects aged 60 years old and above was undertaken in a large district in Malaysia. A total of 486 subjects in randomly selected Enumeration Blocks were interviewed and examined. The prevalence of oral precancerous lesions was recorded at 3.3%, of which leukoplakia was the most common. When the ethnic distribution of these oral precancerous and cancerous (OPC) lesions was compared, 72% of those inflicted were Indians. Oral cancer was detected in two subjects (0.4%), both of whom were of Indian origin. Among subjects with OPC lesions, 4.2% were smokers, 12.7% were betelquid chewers, 11.8% had indulged in both habits, whilst one subject had not practised any of the oral habits of interest (0.4%). The findings suggest the occurrence of OPC lesions to be related to betelquid chewing.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral Precancerous and Cancerous Lesions
    Subjects: Medicine and Dentistry
    Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
    Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Rosnah Mohd Zain
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 03:43
    Last Modified: 08 Feb 2012 03:43
    URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/665

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