The spread of cancer could be exacerbated by the consumption of palm oil, the research warns

Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases in the modern world with a multitude of different types. Lifestyle factors, environmental toxins and certain foods could be linked to the sharp rise in cancer cases, experts warn

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Products containing palm oil may increase the risk of cancer spreading throughout the body, a study conducted on mice warns

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2018, there were 18.1 million new cases and 9.5 million cancer-related deaths worldwide.

By 2040, the number of new cancer cases is expected to rise to 29.5 million and the number of cancer-related deaths to 16.4 million.

Tobacco, alcohol, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and environmental factors are some of the factors responsible for the increase.

When a person has cancer, how the cancer has spread can also be an important factor in whether or not it is life-threatening.

Now a popular oil has been found that has a possible connection.

Palm oil could be linked to cancer after a study in mice showed surprising results


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Link of palm oil to the spread of cancer

The 2021 study, published in the journal Nature, found a possible link between palm oil and the spread of cancer in mice.

Certain foods can have a major impact on cancer, with fatty acids being the building blocks of fat in the body.

Scientists from Worldwide Cancer Research in Spain have discovered how a fat molecule found in palm oil called palmitic acid alters the cancer genome and increases the chance of cancer spreading.

The study in mice found that palmitic acid promotes cancer spread in oral and skin cancer.

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Researchers have begun developing therapies that disrupt this process and say a clinical trial could begin in the next few years.

The scientists found that supplementing the diet of mice with palmitic acid not only contributed to metastasis, but also had long-term effects on the genome.

Metastasis means that the cancer has spread from its place of origin to another part of the body.

Cancer cells exposed to dietary palmitic acid for only a short time remained highly metastatic—even after the palmitic acid had been removed from the diet.

“There is something very special about palmitic acid that makes it an extremely potent promoter of metastasis,” said Professor Salvador Aznar-Benitah of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona.

“I think it’s too early to determine what kind of diets patients with metastatic cancer might be consuming that would slow down the metastatic process.”

spread of cancer

The place where a cancer starts in the body is called the primary cancer or primary site.

Cells from the primary site can detach and spread to other parts of the body.

These cells can then grow and form other tumors. These are called secondary cancers or metastases.

Half of the products we buy in supermarkets may contain palm oil


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“In order to spread, some cells of the primary cancer have to detach, migrate to another part of the body and start growing there,” explains Cancer Research UK.

The website added: “Cancer cells don’t stick together as well as normal cells.

“They can also produce substances that stimulate them to move.”

Palm oil is used in the manufacture of foods such as cakes, chocolate, biscuits, margarine and cooking fats.

It is also found in cosmetics, soap, shampoo, cleaning products and can be used as a biofuel.

Up to 50% of the products in the average UK supermarket now contain palm oil.

Cancer metastasis remains the leading cause of death in cancer patients, and the vast majority of people with metastatic cancer can only be treated, not cured.

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