The Health Ministry says according to the latest data the number of patients in Sri Lanka suffering from oral cancer stands at around 2500.
A communiqué released by the Ministry of Health stated the number of Oral Cancer patients in the country have increased by 40% within the period of the past five years.
The main causes for this unacceptable level of oral cancer are smoking, consuming alcohol and betel-chewing
The Health Ministry said several programmes will be initiated in order to minimize the impact of the disease in future.
Concerned health authorities are now carrying out awareness raising programs among high risk groups to inform them of the dangers of smoking, drinking and betel chewing and tell them that oral cancer is preventable and treatable.