On eve of World Cancer Day on Friday, there were a number of young men who were battling for life in hospitals because they could not kick the addiction of tobacco.

In Ahmedabad as well as in Gujarat, spread of oral cancer is alarming. “Oral cancer accounts for 40 per cent cancers in men in the state. This is because of high addiction to gutkha,” said noted head and neck cancer surgeon of HCG Medisurge, Dr Kaustubh Patel.