How Mursik is causing cancer in Rift Valley

According to World Health Origination’s International Agency for research on Cancer, Esophagus cancer is the top killer disease in Kenya.

It comes ahead of other types of cancer such as cervix, breast stomach and prostate cancers.

Esophageal cancer causes more than four thousand deaths annually as reported by the World Health Origination’s International Agency for research on Cancer.

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Rift valley is said to be a region with highest number of patience suffering from esophagus cancer.

The Kalenjin popular drink Mursik (fermented milk) has been marked as the leading cause of esophageal cancer.

Drinking Mursik frequently leads to high exposure to large levels of ethanol doe which contributes to growth of cancerous cells in the esophagus.

Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach.

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Your esophagus helps move the food you swallow from the back of your throat to your stomach to be digested.

Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus.

Esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the esophagus. More men than women get esophageal cancer.

The following factors may raise a person’s risk of developing esophageal cancer:

Age

People between the ages of 45 and 70 have the highest risk of esophageal cancer.

Gender

Men are 3 to 4 times more likely than women to develop esophageal cancer.

Race

Black people are twice as likely as white people to develop the squamous cell type of esophageal cancer.

Diet/nutrition.

A diet that is low in fruits and vegetables and certain vitamins and minerals can increase a person’s risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Obesity.

Being severely overweight and having too much body fat can increase a person’s risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma.

Lye

Children who have accidently swallowed lye have an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma. Lye can be found in some cleaning products, such as drain cleaners.

Achalasia

Achalasia is a condition when the lower muscular ring of the esophagus does not relax during swallowing of food. Achalasia increases the risk of squamous cell carcinoma.

 

 

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