A senior health official says oral cancer is on the increase as Dominica prepares to launch a three-month Oral Health Survey.

“In the last few months, we have noticed more than four persons coming to the dental clinic with symptoms and signs of oral cancers,” said Chief Dental Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Idaline John.

The survey, which starts in December, is being conducted by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan America Health Organization (PAHO).

Dr. John said in early 2006, an oral health survey was conducted by the Health Ministry involving children from 26 primary and secondary schools.

She noted that the survey they are doing right now is really to compare the results that were obtained from the previous survey and to see how best they can work on improving the oral health conditions of the population.

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