It might be hard to believe; a recent study has proved that cancer is 100% a man-made disease.
It’s caused mostly by dietary intake and pollution in their environment. At the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in England, in 2010, after looking over remains and literature from ancient Greece and Egypt, looked into earlier periods too, a study had included the first historical case of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.
“The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease,” she continued. “We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia, not one hundred years, and have masses of data.”
“In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases. The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialization,” Zimmerman said. The team of researchers had examined mummified remains as well as evidence and literary documentation from ancient Egypt. They examined mostly literary evidence from ancient Greece, because there was no known human remains from that period.
The team even went as far as to looking into medical studies of human and animal remains from earlier time periods that extend back to the dinosaur age.
Some medical researchers and scientists have believed that the rare incidence of cancer was largely due to short lifespans. While this statistic is true, in ancient Egypt, humans didn’t develop conditions that that predominantly affect young adults. Another explanation for the lack of cancer presence in ancient times is that tumors were not well-preserved. Zimmerman has conducted some experimental studies that indicate that mummification preserves the tumors structure and is more preserved than normal body tissues.
There has only been two discoveries of mummies having a microscopic presence of cancer. There have also been radiological exams that were conducted to detect cancer, but found no evidence of it at all.