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In Isaan, where the dish is particularly popular, the liver cancer makes up 50 per cent of cancers diagnosed to men. The global average for live cancer is only 10 per cent.

Issan has the highest rate of cholangiocarcinoma, a form of liver cancer with one of the lowest survival rates, in the world.

Khuntikeo, told AFP:

It’s a very big health burden around here. 

But nobody knows about this because they die quietly, like leaves falling from a tree.

HT IFL Science

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