SPECIAL REPORT: New UT Health study links liver cancer in Latinos to contaminated food
SAN ANTONIO -A new UT Health San Antonio study finds there's a link between liver cancer in Latinos and contaminated food.
Experts tell us the problem could lie south of the border where higher levels of Aflatoxins are being found in improperly stored corn.
The Office of the Texas State Chemist says the enforced Aflatoxin levels for humans is 20 parts per billion which the FDA says is the safe "limit."
Dorothy Long Parma with UT Health San Antonio, says a new study revealed South Texas Latinos with liver cancer had much higher levels of "aflatoxins" in their blood compared to those without liver cancer.
Researchers assessed 42 liver cancer cases and 42 non-cases. Two-thirds of the pairs were Latinos.
“We are thinking that there is a difference in consumption practices or storage practices between people that routinely go across the border into Mexico and purchase their corn products there compared to people let's just say buy their corn at HEB.”
UT Health San Antonio has requested additional funding from the national institutes of health to complete a larger study.
“It will definitely help not only determine where the contamination is coming from but the interplay of factors. Why is it there believe that live here are more at risk of people than people who live North of Texas?" adds Long Parma.
Fox San Antonio wasn't able to talk to any cancer patients who took part in the study because they had passed away or were too ill to conduct the interview.
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