Oral cancer (OC) is the sixth most common cancer in the world with an alarming rate of increase. In India it has high prevalence, accounting for 20–30% of all cancers that are related to various injurious oral habits.
It has been known that oral cancer is preceded by a precancerous lesion which possess an increased risk of malignant transformation like oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) at a particular site. Habitual smoking is often regarded as an important contributor to this cancer development. However, it is also well known that early intervention can significantly bring down the mortality rates due to this disease process. With this aim, the group at CHST in association with other departments of IIEST as well as reputed medical institutes of the city have developed an integrated approach incorporating various cellular features obtained from habitual smokers and categorized them into various risk groups. It is expected that such a system can be easily applied to the smoking population to known there potential risk status and early intervention prescribed to contain the adverse developments.