Betel-nut chewing and submucous fibrosis in Durban.

  title={Betel-nut chewing and submucous fibrosis in Durban.},
  author={H A Seedat and Christa van Wyk},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  volume={74 11},
A stratified random sample among South African Indians living in Durban revealed the occurrence of betel-nut chewing and the resultant submucous fibrosis (SF) to be relatively high. Women chewers predominated in a ratio of 13:1. The habit increased with age and 30.6% of women over 65 years practised the custom. Thirty-eight per cent of chewers revealed signs of impending and established SF; women predominated 70:1, and the majority of sufferers in this instance belonged to the age group 45-54… CONTINUE READING

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