‘Ogufe’, Bush Meat Increase High Risk Of Prostrate Cancer, Urologist Warns Nigerians

ABEOKUTA – A Urologist and Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Tajudeen Adeniran Badmus has cautioned Nigerians to reduce the intake of goat meat commonly referred to as Ogufe, and bush meats to lower the development of prostate cancer in men.

Prof. Badmus stated this on Thursday at a lecture to commemorate 30th anniversary of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

The urologist while delivering his paper on the topic: “Prostrate Cancer: The Horror Of Aging” noted that, there is need to curtail the level of fat intake by Nigerians, saying most of the animal protein consumption increase risk of prostrate cancer development.

According to him, over 1.6million men are affected globally with prostrate disease annually, with high prevalence on Africa continent.

He advised Nigerians to improve their plant protein consumption to generate the needed vitamins in the body to prevent the growth of prostrate cancer.

He added that, the effects of prostrate cancer are largely due to obstruction to free flow of urine and back pressure effect which spread to other parts of the body including rectum, bladder, long bones, chest, brain and kidney failure.

He, however, said the severity of the disease and treatment depends on the stage of the disease.

He called on Nigerian men to avoid excessive fat diet, reduce low intake animal protein, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, maintain health friendly social life style and eat balance diet.

Prof. Badmus urged Nigerians to avoid indiscriminate use of drugs particularly androgens containing tablets use to achieve strong erection.

He called on government hospitals across the country to embark on screening of those at risk with family history as part of Corporate Social Responsibilities to their immediate community.

In his welcome address, the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu promised to upgrade the center to a teaching hospital as soon as the proposed University of Medical Sciences is established.

He said this became imperative following the shared boundaries with Lagos state and Republic of Benin which makes Ogun State medical service destination.

Prof. Olomu added that the lectures was to sensitize members of the public on salient killers diseases that expose the people to danger.

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