Spike in oral cancer across Maldives: HPA

The incidence of oral cancer has increased in Maldives, declared Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Monday.

In a statement released to mark World Cancer Day, HPA stated that the statistics of both Aasandha and National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) indicate that incidence of oral cancer has spiked since 2016.

HPA highlighted that the main causes of oral cancer include smoking and consumption of areca nuts, which are common among Maldivians.

The agency urged the public to screen for cancer, stressing that successful treatments are possible with earlier diagnosis. Read more