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Key Mechanism Links Virgin Olive Oil to Protection Against Breast Cancer

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Scientists demonstrated that virgin olive oil is associated with higher incidences of benign breast tumours and at the same time with a decrease in the activity of the p21Ras oncogene, which spurs uncontrolled cell proliferation and stimulates the growth of tumours. The UAB researchers have decoded a complete cascade of signals within breast tumour cells activated by virgin olive oil, and have concluded that benefits include decrease in the activity of the oncogene p21Ras, changes in protein signaling pathways, stimulation of tumour cell death and prevention of DNA damage.

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