Experts have identified excessive consumption of ponmo, assorted meat and smoked fish as risk factors for colorectal cancer (colon cancer).
According to Dr. Adedapo Osinowo consumers of ponmo, shaki, ifun, abodi, roundabout, and other forms of orisi-risi (assorted) meat parts including smoked fish should caution their consumption of the delicacies.
In a report by Vanguard, Osinawo who is also the Chief Medical Personnel, Niola Cancer Care Foundation noted that colorectal cancer has been identified as a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world.
He argued that research from experts has shown that there is a link between consumption of these meat parts and increased risk of colon cancer. He added that colon cancer is the fourth most common cause of death affecting men and women all over the world.
He said: “All fatty meals should be eaten in moderation but if you eat these assorted meats every day, I am sad for you. You can eat them but not every day. Abodi and shaki. Ponmo is a risk factor for cancer too.
“These parts are risk factors for cancer because of the way they are prepared, they tend to produce harmful substances that can cause cancer. Their preparation is responsible for this. What is important is to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to increase antioxidants in the body.”
Osinowo further warned Nigerians against the consumption of smoked fish, noting that the toxic substance produced by the smoke is a problem.
He however listed other risk factors for colon cancer to include; increase in age, family history, diets lacking fruits and vegetables, obesity, alcohol, sedimentary life style among others.
He also warned Nigerians not to trivialise blood in their stool, urging everyone to monitor their stools, and to seek help if they cannot pass stool normally without using purgatives.
“When you feel the urge of passing stool and nothing is coming out you have to check it and find out if there is any tumour there.” Osinowo said colon cancer can be prevented if it is picked at the polyps stage,” he said.
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