Palm oil fatty acids may help cancer spread, mouse study shows

  • Fatty acids are essential for health, but altered metabolism and uptake of fatty acids is a hallmark of metastasis.
  • Saturated fatty acids such as palmitic acid, found in palm oil, can promote the expression of genes associated with tumor metastasis.
  • Cancer cells have a “memory” of exposure to palmitic acid and remain highly metastatic.


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Written by Anna Guildford, Ph.D. on November 16, 2021

Fact checked by Hannah Flynn, MS

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