Nigerians have been warned against consumption of ‘suya and boli’!
The President, Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria President, Professor Musa Borodo, gave this warning at a press briefing commemorating the 10th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the association in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
According to him, “taking burnt boli (plantain), burnt suya and refined drinks could cause cancer.
He was speaking on the theme, “Gastrointestinal Malignancies in Africa: Past, Present and Future”.
He advised people to take natural foods, avoid refined sugar, eat well, exercise regularly, drink clean water, visit hospitals for routine check up and stay away from smoking to avoid cancer.
Borodo warned that diseases such as colorectal cancer, liver cancer, helicobacter pyloris and other infections that occur in the gastrointestinal tract were usually not easy to detect when looking out for signs and symptoms.
He added that when the symptoms were obvious, they were often too late to treat.
According to him, about 10 percent of people in Nigeria are suffering from Hepatitis B – a viral infection – which he warned could lead to cancer, if not properly treated.
He stressed that Hepatitis B can be prevented, but if well treated, it could become cancer.
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