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The first comprehensive workshop on oral cancer, tobacco, prevention and challenges was held at the Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences from 14th to 17th February 2020. The workshop focused on identifying and combating the oral diseases due to tobacco usage in the Kodagu district. The working committee for the workshop consisted of health officials and doctors. The committee was chaired by Shri Deves Deval, Director National Tobacco Control Centre, Director Medical Education, Government of India, New Delhi and co-chaired by Dr. Sunil Muddaiah, Dean, Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences. The committee also consisted of Dr. Anita Borges (Director, Centre for Oncopathology, Mumbai); Dr. W.M.Tilakaratne (Professor University of Malaya, Malaysia, immediate past president International Association of Oral Pathologists); Dr.Anil Kumar Chandna (Executive committee member Dental Council of India); Professor (Dr.) Anmol Kalha (chairman IQAC and Advisor research and policy, CIDS) followed by a panel of eminent heads of departments from Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences. The committee discussed in length regarding the prevalence of oral cancer and the use of tobacco at the Kodagu district. They deliberated and arrived at conclusions regarding various methods to be implemented for tobacco cessation, to establish a cancer registry and also to conduct extensive studies to map the Oral Micro Biome of the individuals in the district.

The workshop also included slide seminars by Dr. Anita Borges and Dr.W.M.Tilakaratne. A lecture by Dr. Satish Kumaran as well as an interactive learning module and a hands on course on early detection of oral cancer and use of brush biopsy technique by Dr.Achint Garg, New Delhi. The workshop was attended by postgraduate students from various Indian and International institutions as well as by undergraduate students and house surgeons.

With this workshop we hope to bring in control the use of tobacco products in the district and thereby bringing down the cases of oral cancer in Kodagu.