Medic Tasks Students On Healthy Living Against Cancer
A medic, Dr. Sola Oriniowo of the ABC Foundation has tasked students and youths in Nigeria to live a healthy lifestyle, saying that a good percentage of the causative factors in cancer epidemic is traceable to the decision that has had a negative impact of life in future.
Speaking at a seminar with the theme: “We Can, I Can” observed to celebrate the World Cancer Day at the Technical University, Ibadan, Oyo State, The Technical University, Ibadan, recently Dr. Oriniowo stated that the action and inaction among the populace are responsible for the rising incidences of cancer.
“It only makes sense that to prevent it, we start giving young people the right orientation and the right information so that they are able to make decisions that will not have a negative impact on them in the future. And that is an example of how to prevent cancer; teaching people not to smoke, not to drink, to promote environmental conservation, to promote safe sexual practices among young people will lead to a decrease in the incidence of cancer in their age group when they are much older”.
In the presentation after a series of presentations by the students, Dr. Sola Oriniowo explained that a number of risk factors that could predispose people to breast cancer, saying that as women grow older the risk factor increase.
Identifying obesity as a major risk factor for breast cancer, the medical doctor encouraged women to undertake self-breast examinations at least once in a month and get checked by a health care provider once in a year.
Speaking on the prevention of cancers, Dr. Oriniowo mentioned lifestyle, diet and sexual choices as areas that could be worked on and suggested regular exercise of about 30 minutes aerobic sessions three times a week will go a long way in ensuring that one stays healthy.
On dietary habits, he said: “There is a need to consciously watch what we consume. It is best to eat raw, fresh vegetables and fruits. If you can’t eat them raw, you can steam, cook or fry lightly”.
He went on to point out that food exposed to smoke and soot can be potentially harmful. “Alcoholism, drug use and the like can give temporary satisfaction, but they cause long-lasting damage. It is wise to stay away from them”, he said. “Smoking, which is a leading cause of lung cancer, is a choice just as staying where people smoke is a choice”, he said.
Dr Oriniowo, who noted that Nigeria has the second highest number of cervical cancer cases in the world also warned against multiple sexual partners, saying this could make women susceptible to cervical cancer.