Health: Expert warns against harmful diet, lifestyles
Nigerians have been urged to avoid anything that can aggravate cancer formation in them.
According to a Senior Registrar, Dr Olurotimi Olumide of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba daily food, such as groundnut contains aflatoxin, which is poisonous and can cause live the deadly disease.
Olumide made this known at the celebration of 300 years and launch of Grand Charity Foundation by the District Grand Lodge of Nigeria District with Chief Moses O. Taiga as Grand Master and Patrick Oroyemi as the District Grand Secretary.
The theme of the event, which held at Lagos City Hall, is: ‘’Preventing prostate and breast cancer’.
Olumide said aflatoxins are poisonous carcinogens that are produced by certain molds which grow in soil. ‘’Children are, particularly, affected by aflatoxin, which leads to stunted growth, delayed development, liver damage, and liver cancer. Adults have a higher tolerance to exposure but are also at risk.
‘’Any man from 40 should ensure yearly prostate screening, especially if they notice that they still feel their bladder is full after urinating, or experience back pain, likewise women should do mammogram screening for early detection of breast cancer.
“Aflatoxins are among the most carcinogenic substances known. Eating aflatoxin contaminated food put the consumer at high risk of cancer, but breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men can be detected early and treated with the patients certified free of the cancer. Early detection is the most important step in getting that result,” Olumide, said.
He pointed out that nobody is immune from cancer but if people learn to adhere to a healthy lifestyle and avoid excessive wines, and carefree diets, then a cancer-free life is assured.
The medic continued: “This has been documented that aside hereditary factors, lifestyle and diet play a significant role in cancer formation. So, women should know their history and avail themselves with appropriate screening. For instance those who did not breastfeed or those who start menstruation before age 13 or have hormonal replacement therapy should go for mammogram every year. Likewise Men that consume alcohol above 85 percent or Spirits above 75 percent are liable to cancer as well and should screen for.”
Chief Taiga said the talk was part of the District Grand Lodge of Nigeria District’s way of ensuring the rate of cancer is reduced, “which is part of the aim of this association- an altruistic addition to humanity, on the part of the members of this noble District, Grand Lodge of Nigeria District”.