Boli, suya can cause cancer
The Chairman, Local Organising Committee for the conference, Dr. Deji Ajayi, cautioned against taking burnt boli (plantain), burnt suya and refined drinks as they could cause cancer.
Also the President, Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria Prof Musa Borodo has urged Nigerians to go for periodic screening warning that colon cancer has become very common.
He gave this warning at a press briefing commemorating the 10th Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting of the association in Ado Ekiti.
The goal of the conference is to explore better ways of treating diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, leveraging on technology.
Borodo warned that diseases such as colorectal cancer, liver cancer, helicobacter pyloris and other infections that occur in the gastrointestinal tract, are usually not easy to detect when looking out for signs and symptoms. He said they are often too late to treat symptoms become obvious.
He said about 10 percent of Nigeria’s population are suffering from Hepatitis B which he warned could lead to cancer, if not properly treated.
Speaking on the theme, “Gastrointestinal Malignancies in Africa: Past, Present and Future,” Borodo said it was chosen to create awareness on early detection of cancer, prevention and cure.
“The forum is to increase knowledge, expertise and foremost research of interests in diseases affecting alimentary canal.”
He advised people to exercise regularly, take natural foods, eat well, drink clean water, avoid refined sugar, visit hospitals for routine check up and abstain from smoking to avoid cancer.