A body is vulnerable if:
- It has vulnerable genes (gene mutations, gene omissions)
- It has a compromised immune system (HIV/AIDS)
- It is very young (immature immune system)
- It is very old (related to 2.)
Dietary Fats And Colon Cancer: Assessment Of Risk Associated With Specific Fatty Acids, International Journal of Cancer, 1997
And that was the news that made headlines.
However, analysis of the study's vulnerable population - those with a family history of colon cancer - revealed a strong positive association between dietary fat and colon cancer. The association was higher for unsaturated fats (both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). Women who had both a family history and a high intake of unsaturated fat had over 3 times the risk, some over 9 times. Those are very high numbers; 3 times is 300%, 9 times is 900%.
Apart from those with a family history, another group that had a higher risk for colon cancer from fat intake were women whose fats were derived from food preparation (fried foods, bakery foods):
"In this study, we observed among women that fats from preparation appeared to increase risk more than fats from foods or fats eaten as additions."So, if you're a woman who enjoys fried foods, especially fried in unsaturated fat (that includes olive oil) AND there's a history of colon cancer in your family, you may be stacking your cancer deck.
Another reason to eat the Paleo Vegetarian diet.