Cancer is among the most feared diseases because of the high number of fatalities in a year. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of particular cells that mutate and attack normal body cells. There are various Factors that may cause cancer, such as radiation, viruses, chemical substances and others. The most updated theory on the cause of cell mutation is the presence of free radicals in the human body.
To treat and to hamper the growth of cancerous cells, free radicals have to be eradicated. Various research projects conducted at home and abroad (Sylvester et al., 1986; Chong, 1987; Sundram et al., 1989; Komiyama et al., 1989; Muhilaldkk, 1991; Iwasaki and Murokoshi, 1992; Goh et al., 1994; Guthrie et al., 1993, 1995) have substantiated that the consumption of palm oil is beneficial for suppressing the growth of cancerous cells, lowering and controling the growth (weight and volume) of tumors and preventing many other degenerative diseases.
Such effectiveness is attributed to the antioxidant properties, such as carotene (vitamin A), tocopherol and tocotrietol (vitamin E), contained in palm oil. As a footnote, palm oil is more effective compared to soybean oil in the prevention of degenerative diseases because the antioxidant content of palm oil, especially tocotrienol, is twice the amount found in soybean oil (Cho, et al., 2009).