Novel Program of Using Village Health Workers in Early Detection and Awareness of Head and Neck Cancers: Audit of a Community Screening Program

The objective of this programme was to indoctrinate the most vulnerable and the least tended upon; the basics of head and neck cancers via the medium of their own kins. Voluntary village health workers were educated and trained to pick up the early signs of head and neck cancers. Oral self examination was taught to them and they went to peripheral villages to screen the population. They would refer suspicious cases to tertiary healthcare centre. The population was enlightened upon the basics of preventable measures, treatment options and rehabilitation facilities for head and neck cancer patients. Knowledge, attitude and practice analysis was done in the population which showed widespread disbelief and false practices. A population of 26,10,432 was surveyed in 1862 villages of which 10,522 (1.1%) individuals successfully quit the habit. The minimally educated workers referred 3309 suspicious individuals to higher centre of which 1890 (57.11%) tested positive for cancer. A lot of resource is put in research and development of rapid diagnosis and complete cure; however such a minimally costing program may help the most in primordial, primary and secondary level of prevention. Such programs should be advocated on the global platform on lines of Breast Self Examination.
Source: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

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