Earliest Human Remains with Cancer Discovered

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What is believed to be the world's oldest complete example of a human being with metastatic cancer has been discovered by British archaeologists. Using radiography and a scanning electron microscope, clear images of the 3,000 year-old skeleton revealed that tumors were present on the collar bones, shoulder blades, upper arms, vertebrae, ribs, pelvis and thigh bones. Compared to other diseases, cancer is rarely seen in archaeological records and the researchers speculate that environmental carcinogens, genetics, or infectious diseases could have been factors in the cancer development. 

Earliest Human Remains with Cancer Discovered
Earliest Human Remains with Cancer Discovered
Researchers from Durham University and the British Museum discovered the evidence of tumors that had developed and spread throughout the body in a 3,000-year-old skeleton found in a tomb in modern Sudan in 2013. Analyzing the skeleton using radiography and a scanning electron microscope, they ...

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