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Anc Sci Life. 1987 Apr-Jun; 6(4): 244–246.
PMCID: PMC3331426

BETEL-NUTS AS CONTAMINATED WITH A CANCER PRODUCING FUNGUS

Abstract

Betel nuts prematurely harvested and allowed to dry in heaps contain moisture which permits Aspergillus flavous to enter and spread over the central portions. Such betel – nuts consumed with betel leaves can cause cancer of the mouth since A. flavus is a carcinogen. Samples collected showed that the most betel – nuts were contaminated.


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