During the last few years, the Kashmir Valley has witnessed many cases of Kangri cancer, a type of squamous cell carcinoma, reported IANS.
Quoting medical experts the report added that the overuse of the Kangri pot is the principal cause of this type of cancer.
“Later, we were advised to consider radiotherapy. My grandfather showed good recovery signs after the procedure. However, due to his advanced age, he suffered from various other health issues besides weakness,” said Hassan. The preventive applications of radiation have been noted as “encouraging” in reducing some tumours and eliminating others.
Another patient, Ghulam Nabi Dar, 67, from North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, was at SKIMS for his follow up check-up after being detected with Kangri cancer last year.
What in a nutshell is Kangri Cancer?
Kangri cancer is a heat-induced skin carcinoma associated with the use of the Kangri. This Kangri, which is a traditional fire pot, is an ingenious mode of providing warmth.
Kangri Cancer: Short Report
A 5-year study was conducted during which 17 patients who were documented with a Kangri cancer were treated. Sixteen patients had cancer on a thigh and 1 had cancer on the abdominal wall. All had an excision of the neoplasm. Histopathology documented squamous cell carcinoma in all patients.
As per Mosby, Inc, Kangri cancer occurs in patients who live in remote areas of Kashmir where there is a chilling cold in the winter months and have no modern and alternative cheap means of warming other than the Kangri.