Friday, 12 August 2016

Study predicts cancer epidermic in Niger - Delta

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 A study has predicted high cancer cases in the Niger - Delta by 2025.
This is due to the constant oil spills from pipeline destruction by militants and others. According to Guardian the study stated that crude even at its lowest could cause massive destruction to lives and fishes.

An international research published by Scientific reports by  a team of scientist observed that even small exposures could cause severe damage to the eggs of some fishes like haddock, cod and pollock.

They warned that with pipeline destruction on the rise and over dependence on oil, Nigerians might face a serious health threat from cancer.

 Adding that the fish consumed showed crude oil compounds in them due to spills and this will  disrupt the development  key organs in embryonic fish.The scientist in the study were from Norway, United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)Science Centre in Seattle funded the research council in Norway.

This new development aims to provide information on environmental risk for proposed oi drilling in the north which is the heart of Atlantic haddock's range.

Team lead researcher in Nigeria Dr Chimezie Anyakora presently the chief of party of United States Pharmacopeia (USP) in Nigeria.USP is an affiliate of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) predicted cancer epidermic by 2025 if nothing is done to the present situation.

Previous studies indicate that Poly Poly- nuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) which is due to exposure to environmental chemical exposure deceases sperm count and general fertility in crude oil polluted environment in the Niger Delta.

He stressed further speaking to Guardian that PAHs causes reproductive toxicity and affects the female reproductive organs by destroying oocytes which causes embryo lethality reduced foetal weight and causes malformations.

Foreign studies have also shown that PAHs have been implicated in inducing the following cancers: breast, stomach,skin and lungs.


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