Scientists from the University Of Manchester, UK, have concluded that cancer is a simply a modern, man-made disease.
In the UK alone, Cancer is responsible for the loss of over 150,000 lives each year. Stats likewise show that about one in three individuals in the UK is most likely to develop cancer.
The researchers invested a lot of time studying mummies, fossils and classical literature before reaching their conclusion.
The scientists stated the condition is a manufactured disease fuelled by the excesses of modern-day life. This is since tumors were unusual until current times, when pollution and poor diet plan became an issue.
In the research of Egyptian mummies, for instance, the scientists found no signs of cancer in a number of them-- with the exception of one separated case. Slivers of tissue from hundreds of Egyptian mummies were rehydrated and put under the microscope. The scientists found only one case of cancer in the mummies examined.
In the past, some scientists have actually argued that the ancient Egyptians did not live long enough to develop cancer. To dismiss this weak argument, the researchers pointed out that other age-related illness, such as hardening of the arteries and breakable bones, took place throughout this time.
The journal Nature Reviews Cancer reports that fossil evidence of cancer is not solid, with scientific literature providing a couple of dozen, mostly contested, examples in animal fossils. Even the study of thousands of Neanderthal bones has actually supplied only one example of a possible cancer.
Evidence of cancer in ancient Egyptian texts is also tenuous, with cancer-like problems most likely being triggered by leprosy and even varicose veins. It is said the ancient Greeks were probably the very first to specify cancer as a particular condition, and to distinguish between benign and malignant growths.
The 17th century provided the the very first evidence and descriptions of operations for breast and other cancers. However, the very first reports in scientific literature of distinct growths only happened in the past 200 years. Nasal cancer in snuff users appeared in 1761. Scrotal cancer in chimney sweeper was also discovered in 1775.
Lead scientist of this present research study, Michael Zimmerman said there must have been a lot of cancer-related proof available in ancient societies since they lacked efficient healthcare.
“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 stated.
Teacher Rosalie David, who likewise played a crucial role in the analysis of the possible reference to the disease in classical literature, fossil records and mummified bodies, stated:
“In industrialized societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it 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. The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. 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. Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has given modern society a clear message – cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address.”
The researchers recommended a healthy diet plan, regular physical activity and maintenance of a healthy weight. These three lifestyle choices are believed to be able to prevent about a 3rd of the most common cancers.