Oldest Case of
Cancer Has Been
Cancer is one of the top fearful diseases of our modern world. Not only the unstoppable
progression of the tumor, which tends to slowly lead the patient to death, but as well as the side effects of the
conventional treatment, which are irreversible, and sometimes more damaging than the cancer itself. Different sort
of beliefs are being circulated.
Some People consider it
as a modern medical condition caused by mankind due to their lifestyle and environmental carcinogens; others
consider it as one of the diseases that have existed since thousands of years ago. Although an exact answer
to this question is not possible, a new discovery has shed more light.
Based on a recent study published on
December 4, 2014, a group of
researchershas claimed to discover
what seems to be the oldest cancer case in world history. The scientists, among them a Canadian from Saskatchewan, have found Bones in
Siberia, which date back 4,500 years ago,
have concluded that the remains are the bones of a young man aged
between 35 and 45 at the time of
his death. Analysis has suggested that the man died from an aggressive lung
cancer or prostate cancer that had spread throughout his body.
In cases like this doubt
and controversy are always present. To confirm the case, other researchers also analyzed the remains,
according to bioarchaeologist Lieverse Angela
of the University of Saskatchewan. All groups of
researchers have reached an agreement and confirm the diagnosis was in fact a tumor.
Commenting the discovery,
the bioarchaeologist Lieverse Angela stated "
“This is one of — if not the oldest —
absolute cases of cancer that we can be really, really confident saying that it’s cancer.
According to the same
bioarchaeologist, Angela Lieverse, this discovery contradicts the idea
that cancer is a relatively modern disease, that ancient people were living a life free of malignant tumors. It appears
she believes that cancer has been around since antiquity, and some non-environmental
factors and natural carcinogens played a
role in older cancer cases. For instance,
gathering around wood fire (which the ancient hunters loved doing) would cause smoke
inhalation from the fire, thus could lead to lung cancer.
"We have this perception that cancer
was virtually absent from ancient
times because people did not have
the same lifestyle as
ours. They lived in these
pure and free of toxic
elements environments. They were active and
eat natural foods. It was, on the contrary,
more common than one would think."