Burma’s betel nut chewers warned about cancer

Almost 10 percent of Burmese who chew betel nut laced with tobacco will contract oral cancer, according to research by the Ministry of Health and Rangoon Dental University. One of the senior researchers, Dr. Ko Ko Zaw, said 540 consumers of betel quid who mixed the quid with tobacco were tested for oral cancer in Rangoon’s East Dagon Township.

“The research found that 9.6 percent of the people who chew betel quid with tobacco have oral cancer,” he said.

According to the research, over 50 percent of the Burmese population chew betel nut, and 85 percent of those mix it with tobacco.