During the formal launch of Niola Cancer Care Foundation, the Chief Medical Personnel, Dr. Adedapo Osinowo has warned consumers of ponmo, shaki, ifun, abodi, roundabout, and other forms of orisi-risi (assorted) meat parts including smoked fish, have been cautioned to minimize the rate and quantity of intake as these meat products have been identified as risk factors for colorectal cancer (colon cancer). Studies have shown that colorectal cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world and it accounts for over nine per cent of all cancer incidences. It is the third most common cancer worldwide and the fourth most common cause of death affecting men and women almost equally, saying that such fatty meals should be consumed in moderation for the good health of all. He has explained that there was a link between consumption of these meat parts and increased risk of colon cancer, noting that consumption of fruits and vegetables would reduce risk of cancer. “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 is the rectum and shaki is the stomach. 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.”  Furthermore, Osinowo has warned against the consumption of smoked fish, saying the problem is the toxic substance produced by the smoke. He 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. Expressing worry that colon cancer is a silent disease, he advised that people should stay away from alcohol consumption and smoking. “Smoking is associated to all cancers and disease. Lifestyle is also a problem but fortunately, all the risk factors are preventable, that is, you can do something about them. On the dangers of colon cancer, he has explained that when cases are picked up early the cost of treatment is usually small and outcome is more efficacious than when the disease is advanced. When cases are picked up late, little or nothing can be done, and under such cases patients do not last up to five years as prognosis is very poor. On ways to mitigate risk factors of colon cancer, he warned that people should never trivialize blood in the stool. He urged Nigerians to monitor their stools, and to seek help if they cannot pass stool normally without using purgatives or are having constipation. “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 tumor there.” Osinowo said colon cancer can be prevented if it is picked at the polyp’s stage.

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