BAQAI DENTAL COLLEGE HOLDS SEMINAR ON ORAL CANCER

Baqai Dental College successfully organized a research seminar on “Oral Cancer” as part of its Silver Jubilee celebration programs. The well-attended event, which received an overwhelming response from both the faculty and students, was held at Saeeda Auditorium of the Baqai Medical University. On this occasion, an alumnus of Baqai Dental College, Dr. Kamran Habib Awan was specially invited to enlighten the audience with his research findings as well as share latest knowledge on the theme of "Oral Cancer".

Dr. Kamran completed his graduation in the early years of Baqai Dental College. He accomplished his doctorate degree with a distinction from Kings College in London. Dr. Kamran also practiced at the University of Malaya (Malaysia). Currently, he is rendering his services in Saudi Arabia in the field of Oral Dentistry.

Dr. Samee Siddiqui moderated proceedings of the seminar. In his welcome address, Dr. Talha M. Siddiqui, Vice Principal of Baqai Dental College, briefed the participants on events and activities that have been planned in 2014 as part of Silver Jubilee celebrations. Dr. Farid Mohsin, HoD at Oral Medicine department also shared his views on this occasion.

The speakers discussed primary preventive methods that need to be taken to eradicate the elevated prevalence of oral cancer, major risk factors that contribute to the high incidences of this pathology, results of a community survey showing demographic distribution of oral cancer in Karachi. Topics related to adjunctive tools for diagnosis and confirmatory approaches for final diagnosis were also highlighted. The speakers stressed the need for undertaking effective community based awareness programs so that dream of a healthier and cancer free society be achieved.

While highlighting harmful effects of tobacco, areca nut and alcohol, Dr. Kamran stated the growing popularity of "water pipe" commonly known as "Shisha" in youngsters is more dangerous than a cigarette, since it contains more quantity of tobacco and causes severe damage to the oral cavity as well as rest of the body.

A Question-Answer session was also held wherein the visiting speaker addressed queries which the faculty members or students had regarding the subject. Dr. Kamran thanked Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. (Mrs.) Zahida Baqai, Dr. Kashif Ikram, Principal Baqai Dental College and Dr. Talha M. Siddiqui for extending the invitation. He said it would be an honor for him to collaborate with Baqai Dental College and impart knowledge to the students.

The Principal BDC, Dr. Kashif thanked Dr. Kamran for gracing the campus with his presence. At the end of seminar, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. (Mrs.) Zahida Baqai presented a shield of appreciation to the honorable guest.