A recent study has found out that cancer is 100% man-made disease, caused mainly by environmental pollution and dietary intake.
In 2010, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, England, discovered the first historical case of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.
The study, published in the Nature Reviews Cancer journal, claims that the researchers found only one case of cancer while examining hundreds of Egyptian mummies.
Also, they found only a few references to this disease in literature, which indicates that the cancer cases were an extremely rare occurrence in ancient times.
After the Industrial Revolution, however, the cancer rate drastically increased. The disease was affecting mainly children, which proves that the rise in cancer cases is not connected to longer life span. Prof.
Rosalie David, a biomedical Egyptologist at the Faculty of Life Sciences, states that cancer must be a man-made disease caused by pollution and lifestyle changes since there is nothing in the natural environment that can trigger this disease.
Cancer and Modern Industrialization
A research, led by Prof. Michael R. Zimmerman, a visiting scholar at the KNH Center for Biomedical Egyptology, has diagnosed the first-ever cancer case in an Egyptian mummy.
He diagnosed rectal cancer in an unidentified mummy, an average person who existed in the Dakleh Oasis during the Ptolemaic period (200-400 AD).
M.R. Zimmerman says that cancer evidence should remain in every case because the ancient society was lacking surgical intervention.
He claims that the absence of malignancies in mummies is a proof that they were very rare in antiquity, which means that the cancer causing factors are restricted to the societies that are affected by the modern industrialization.
The researchers examined evidence and literary documentation from ancient Egypt, as well as mummified remains, but only literary evidence from ancient Greece because there was a lack of human remains from that period.
They also looked into medical studies of human and animal remains from periods extending back to the dinosaur age.
Lack of Cancer and Short Life Span
Evidence of cancer in early humans and animal fossils, as well as non-human primates, is very rare. There are only a few dozen animal fossil examples, but they are mostly disputed.
However, there has been a discovery of metastatic cancer in an Edmontosaurus fossil, while another study has listed various possible neoplasms, new and abnormal growths of tissue in certain body parts, as a cancer characteristic in fossil remains.
According to some medical researchers and scientists, the rare occurrence of cancer is owed to the short life spans.
Even though this statistic is accurate, the humans in ancient Egypt didn’t develop any conditions that primarily affected young adults.
Another explanation for the absence of cancer presence in the ancient times is that the tumors weren’t preserved well.
A number of experimental studies, conducted by M.R. Zimmerman, suggest that mummification actually preserves the structure of the tumors more efficiently than normal tissues.
Even though there was an examination of hundreds of mummies, only two publications showed a microscopic confirmation of cancer.
Also, there have been conducted radiological exams of mummies from the Cairo Museum in order to detect cancer. However, they failed to provide any evidence of the disease.