Oral cancer is a global health problem with increasing case numbers worldwide and no significant improvement in prognosis over the last few decades. It is one of the most common cancers and a leading cause of death in Pakistan, although the number reported is significantly underreported owing to the lack of a national cancer repository, and the true magnitude of this challenge is not known. Bilateral discussions and workshops funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund brought together a number of like-minded researchers and clinicians from the United Kingdom and Pakistan to analyze the status quo and plan the future course. This article reviews some of these discussions as well as barriers to oral cancer diagnosis in Pakistan and makes recommendations to investigate the magnitude and develop measures that may help tackle this devastating disease.
|Number of pages
|Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
|Early online date
|12 May 2021
|Published - Sept 2021
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge Professor Barry Gibson (Professor in Medical Sociology, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield) for his advice and support. Funded by the Global Health Challenges Fund, United Kingdom. The authors would like to acknowledge a QR-GCRF pump priming grant, which allowed bilateral visits between the United Kingdom and Pakistan, facilitating the discussions and work covered in this article.