Research influences tobacco guidelines
THE WORK of a local researcher has contributed towards new health guidelines on smokeless tobacco and oral cancer.
Professor David Moles, of the Oral Health Services Research department at the Plymouth University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, published his research on the prevalence of oral cancer in South Asians four years ago.
It has now contributed towards new health guidelines on smokeless tobacco and oral cancer, issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the body which sets standards for quality healthcare and produces guidance on medicines, treatments and procedures.
Professor Moles' research found that South Asian women are almost four times as likely to have oral cancer as those from other groups. Studies have shown that the prevalent use of smokeless tobacco, which is commonly chewed in some South Asian communities, is one of the main reasons for this increased risk.
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Professor Moles said: "It is highly unusual for research findings to be taken up so quickly by organisations responsible for the practical application of such findings, and we are delighted to learn that my work has played an important role in NICE guidelines around smokeless tobacco.
"It is important that the work we do has a beneficial impact on health and health policies."