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A medical consultant with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, Dr Ismail Oseni, has called for the standardization of traditional medicine for improvement of medical care in the country.

He also called on the government to increase funding of research in medicine and introduction of health insurance schemes for citizens of the country.

Speaking on prostrate enlargement/cancer management at a health talk as part of the Press Week organized by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ilorin, Kwara State, Ismail explained that not all prostrate enlargement are cancerous.

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He said all men above 40 years, except those that are castrated, are at the risk of prostrate enlargement which could graduate into prostrate cancer if not attended to at the early stages of detection.

Ismail advised men above 40 years to imbibe the culture of regular screening in order to know their status, describing prostrate cancer as a major cause of death for men globally.

He advised victims of prostrate enlargement and cancer to watch their diet particularly dairy products, cheese and beef, and avoid alcohol and smoking.

Ismail also advised victims to consume more vegetables, fish, white meat, and do regular exercises.

Also speaking, another consultant of the teaching hospital, Dr Lola Owolabi, who made a presentation on menopause, described it as a natural phenomenon, with high blood pressure, weight gain, and change in mood as some of the major effects on women affected.

She attributed depletion of eggs in the body as one of the major factors responsible for menopause.

On the way forward, Owolabi, who said menopause should not stop women from having sex, advised them to wear light clothes, consume more proteins, reduce consumption of carbohydrates and increase consumption of calcium, among others.


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