Reporter 410, 17 November 1997

Dangerous habits

The Leeds Dental Institute is running a project to raise awareness in Bangladeshi communities of the dangers of chewing paan and betel-quid – the leaf of a vine-creeper – which provides a ‘buzz’ but is habit-forming. As well as highlighting the dangers of these traditional practices the project aims to educate communities so they can recognise early signs of oral cancer and to promote oral screening. Mumtaz Mahmood of the Oral Health and Ethnicity Unit has received funding for the two year project from the Yorkshire and Northern Region of the NHS Executive. Community participation has been encouraged through a poster competition for Bangladeshi children. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Linda Middleton, presented prizes at the Bangladeshi Centre in Roundhay in October.

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