A FRESH insight into why more Nigerian women are having breast cancer has emerged. Three independent studies published two months ago linked a high intake of red meat such as suya, kilishi, nkwobi, isi ewu, bacon, bush meat, steak, to cancer.
The studies indicate that African women frequently have biologically less favourable subtypes of breast cancer; and they have higher number of moles on their skins, which are linked to increased breast cancer risk.
Most Nigerians eagerly look forward to having another meal of local meat delicacies such as Suya, Isi-ewu, Nkwobi, Kilishi, Shaki and ‘roundabout.’ The consumption and marketing of these red meat-based meals have become big business in most restaurants across the country.
By Chukwuma Muanya
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