Eating chicken increases risk of prostate cancer — Study

By Standard Reporter | Tuesday, Oct 29th 2019 at 15:17
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A study conducted by researchers from Oxford University has linked chicken consumption to increased risk of blood cancer and prostate cancer in men.

Around 475,000 Britons were tracked for a period of eight years (2006-2014) and their diets were analysed alongside the illnesses they suffered from.

23,000 of them developed cancer and chicken intake was positively associated with malignant melanoma and prostate cancer.

'Poultry intake was positively associated with risk for malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma', according to the paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 

It is important to note that the research was an ‘association study’ meaning it does not focus on the reasons why poultry intake increases cancer risk but only shows the correlation between the two.

Back home, recently, Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang Nyong’o urged the nation to invest more in research as opposed to building cancer centres in Kenya.

Nyong’o appreciated efforts the government was making towards constructing cancer centres but said having cancer experts would be more helpful.

He spoke about his journey with cancer and said having experts in various types of cancer would go a long way in ensuring the country does not lose more people to the disease.

"What is important is getting people who are specialized in different types of cancer. In developed countries we have specialists, we need to focus research, education and specialization.

"The big job is training and research. Universities should collaborate with counties and work together to develop human resource.

“With cancer centres only we’ll not get it right- it is important but we need to stop myths so that we deal with real issues," said Nyong'o.

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