A Urologist and Kidney Transplant Surgeon at the 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 at a lecture to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 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 the need to curtail the level of fat intake by Nigerians, saying most animal protein consumption increases the risk of prostate cancer development.
According to him, over 1.6 million men are affected globally with the prostrate disease annually, with high prevalence in African 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 the 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 an excessive fat diet, reduce low intake of animal protein, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, maintain healthy friendly social lifestyle, and eat balanced diet.
Prof. Badmus urged Nigerians to avoid the indiscriminate use of drugs particularly androgens-containing tablets used to achieve a 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 the Republic of Benin which makes Ogun State a medical service destination.
Prof. Olomu added that the lectures were to sensitize members of the public on salient killer diseases that expose people to danger.