Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Why is cancer almost never found in mummies?

"Cancer found in mummies is very rare," say professors Rosalie David and Michael Zimmerman, from the University of Manchester.

Their investigation of hundreds of Egyptian mummies found only one case of cancer. Searching for evidence of cancer in fossils and ancient medical texts, they uncovered only five cases of tumours, mostly benign. They conclude that cancer among ancient people "was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle."

See International Business Times

2 comments:

  1. This is not true and I have refuted it before. It seems my own advisor did not read my thesis...I have extensively discussed this when this article was published(http://orienteantigo.blogspot.pt/2010/10/cancer-is-not-man-made-disease.html). not going to undertake that extenuous task all over again...read my work:
    http://books.google.pt/books?id=6jRyPgAACAAJ&dq=verlag+cancer+oncology+ancient+Egypt+paula+veiga&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kV_8T676BMj80QX2jJGTBw&redir_esc=y

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  2. Hi, Paula. Thanks very much for the extra information

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