A research conducted among females at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret revealed that the consumption of aflatoxin in food significantly improves the risk of cervical cancer.
Results from the 4-year research indicated that the rate of food contaminated with aflatoxin, particularly in maize and milk, was rapidly increasing in Kenya.
Eighty-six females from 285 participating in the 2015 and 2016 MTRH cervical cancer screening program were employed as case studies.
The women between the ages of 18 and 45 who lived within 30 km from Eldoret City were followed for a period of four years.
Alarmingly, 49 or 57% of females screened for aflatoxin positively.
The new study published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID) last Thursday discovered that women with high concentrations of aflatoxin in their blood are also likely to have human papilloma virus (HPV) strains that cause cancer.
The function of aflatoxin in the growth of liver cancer and the suppression of human immunity is well established.
In Nairobi County, all milk and sorghum samples and 95% of maize detected aflatoxin.
The study suggested that regulators embrace the market zero tolerance of food and animal feed contaminated with aflatoxin to curb the hazardous scenario that was getting out of hand.