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Smoked meat: Oncology cancer gravest danger
Staff Reporter/Agencies DIMAPUR, MAY 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 May. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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Smoked meat, every Naga’s delight may not be as good as it taste. What many people ignore (or fakes to ignore) is that smoked food is irritating for our digestive system, up to causing cancer to stomach and colon, after many years of usual consuming.
Infact, the microscopic smoke particles are made of partially oxidized coal particles, created by the flames, similar to those of street smog and cigarette smoke. They contain heavy polycyclic aromatic compounds, well-known as carcinogenic.
Oncology (Cancer) is the gravest danger to Nagas when it comes to health sector.
In addition, also the overheated meat with its fats and proteins, mainly near the surface of these foods, contains oxidized products like peroxides and oxides, equally carcinogenic, especially in the more or less little burned spots of the smoked product.
There are already various epidemiologic studies that have showed a higher diffusion of stomach and colon cancer in persons or communities eating frequently smoked meat or fish.
According to S. Deep Borkotoky, coordinator of Apollo Hospitals, information centre in Dimapur, when asked about the causes, he said excess intake of smoked/dry meat and salt also leads to neuro and cardiac problems.
He also said highest rate of cancer in India is Barpeta district in Assam. The cause is due to chewing of areca nut (tamul). Borkotoky said this while interacting with mediapersons with manager of Apollo hospitals health care services S.R Sugumaran in Dimapur, Thursday.
Sugumaran who is here to develop the information centre in Dimapur located at Church road disclosed that in a year about 750 to 800 patients approach Apollo Hospitals from Nagaland through the information centre. 75% of who are Naga patients with oncology cases- throat, stomach, mouth and colon.
Sugumaran highlighted that Apollo hospital based in Chennai is specialized in, gynaecology, urology, neurology, ENT and surgical gastro. As a part of health services Apollo hospitals have set up information centres all over India.
The information centre in Dimapur was opened in the year 2002. The hospital patients who have to get follow up treatment could also make use of the Information centre. Doctors from Apollo Hospitals would visit patients once in three months.
When asked if there are any plans to open Apollo Hospitals in Nagaland, Sugumaran said there are no plans right now.
He also mentioned that treatment rate is 30% less in Chennai as compared to Vellore and Delhi where almost all patients from Nagaland go for treatment.
One of the reasons why most of the patients prefer going to Delhi and Vellore and not Chennai is due to climatic change and almost all the restaurants in Chennai are vegetarian, opined Sugumaran. He also clarified that CMC Vellore is a general hospital and not particularly for cancer.
The flagship hospital of the Apollo Group, Apollo Hospitals Chennai, was established in 1983.
Today it is one of the most respected hospitals in the world, and is also amongst the most preferred destinations for both patients from several parts of India, as well as for medical tourism and medical value travel.

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