Lovers of edible hide (wele) and smoked fish may be shocked to learn that new studies have shown that they are a source of some of the most common cancers in the world today.
The two food mentioned above cause colorectal cancer which is the third most common cancer worldwide and the fourth most common cause of death affecting men and women almost equally.
Giving the warning in Lagos, the Chief Medical Personnel, Niola Cancer Care Foundation, Dr. Adedapo Osinowo said fatty meals should be consumed in moderation for the good health of all.
“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.
Delicacies like the skin of cows, popularly called Wele in Ghana are not healthy, says Dr. Adedapo.
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“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,” he said.
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Dr. Adedapo also 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".