How Fat Fuels Cancer

Scientists have known for awhile that if a healthy cell, say from your eye, breaks off and tries to move around the body, it self destructs.  So why can some cancer cells break off a tumor and move through the body and spread cancer in its wake?

Researchers in Spain have discovered the culprit, a molecule called CD36.  Cancer cells that can travel through the body produce CD36 and it helps them use lipids or fat to fuel the  trip.  The result – breast cancer spreads to the brain.

Researchers are working on treatments that stop CD36.  They are also researching the role diet can play.

Great news!screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-8-02-09-am

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