Cancer Was Common Even in Medieval Times, Study Suggests

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"Our oldest description of cancer (although the word cancer was not used) was discovered in Egypt and dates back to about 3000 BC. It’s called the Edwin Smith Papyrus and is a copy of part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It describes eight cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were removed by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill," reads a posting on Cancer.org.

The textbook also added that there is no treatment for the affliction.

What may comes as a surprise, however, is how common cancer indeed was during medieval times. Researchers have largely assumed that cancer is a more common recent phenomenon dating back to the 18th century which worsened as the human lifespan lengthened.

However, this new study is revealing that cancer may have been commonplace throughout history. The scientists also added that diagnosing cancer in those who had been dead a long time was difficult and that there were too few samples to work with due to the limited geographic range.

Because how would you know, right?! That's a bit of interesting information.
 
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Cancer should have been common and didn’t Queen Mary of England ( Not Scotland, the English/Spanish Queen ) die from a Tumor?
 
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The only Spanish/English Queens were Catherine of Aragon and her daughter Mary and she was both Queen of England and of Scotland.
 

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Thank God the concept of pain killers has evolved to such a degree because the "fire drill" doesn't sound much different from breast cancer surgery and radiation treatment today.
 

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"Our oldest description of cancer (although the word cancer was not used) was discovered in Egypt and dates back to about 3000 BC. It’s called the Edwin Smith Papyrus and is a copy of part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It describes eight cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were removed by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill," reads a posting on Cancer.org.

The textbook also added that there is no treatment for the affliction.

What may comes as a surprise, however, is how common cancer indeed was during medieval times. Researchers have largely assumed that cancer is a more common recent phenomenon dating back to the 18th century which worsened as the human lifespan lengthened.

However, this new study is revealing that cancer may have been commonplace throughout history. The scientists also added that diagnosing cancer in those who had been dead a long time was difficult and that there were too few samples to work with due to the limited geographic range.

Because how would you know, right?! That's a bit of interesting information.
Maybe "common," but it is much more common among nations like ours. Our unnatural diet separates us from nations that are well fed but eat a much more natural diet.

Israel has the lowest cancer rate per capita of the 50 countries listed
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"Our oldest description of cancer (although the word cancer was not used) was discovered in Egypt and dates back to about 3000 BC. It’s called the Edwin Smith Papyrus and is a copy of part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It describes eight cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were removed by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill," reads a posting on Cancer.org.

The textbook also added that there is no treatment for the affliction.

What may comes as a surprise, however, is how common cancer indeed was during medieval times. Researchers have largely assumed that cancer is a more common recent phenomenon dating back to the 18th century which worsened as the human lifespan lengthened.

However, this new study is revealing that cancer may have been commonplace throughout history. The scientists also added that diagnosing cancer in those who had been dead a long time was difficult and that there were too few samples to work with due to the limited geographic range.

Because how would you know, right?! That's a bit of interesting information.
..you'd have to be an idiot to think cancer wasn't as prevalent in the Medieval ages.....why wouldn't it be??
 
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"Our oldest description of cancer (although the word cancer was not used) was discovered in Egypt and dates back to about 3000 BC. It’s called the Edwin Smith Papyrus and is a copy of part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It describes eight cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were removed by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill," reads a posting on Cancer.org.

The textbook also added that there is no treatment for the affliction.

What may comes as a surprise, however, is how common cancer indeed was during medieval times. Researchers have largely assumed that cancer is a more common recent phenomenon dating back to the 18th century which worsened as the human lifespan lengthened.

However, this new study is revealing that cancer may have been commonplace throughout history. The scientists also added that diagnosing cancer in those who had been dead a long time was difficult and that there were too few samples to work with due to the limited geographic range.

Because how would you know, right?! That's a bit of interesting information.
..you'd have to be an idiot to think cancer wasn't as prevalent in the Medieval ages.....why wouldn't it be??
It has traditionally been associated with things like the level of pollution. Further, they haven't had the will/opportunity to look for it in previous eras.
 

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"Our oldest description of cancer (although the word cancer was not used) was discovered in Egypt and dates back to about 3000 BC. It’s called the Edwin Smith Papyrus and is a copy of part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It describes eight cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were removed by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill," reads a posting on Cancer.org.

The textbook also added that there is no treatment for the affliction.

What may comes as a surprise, however, is how common cancer indeed was during medieval times. Researchers have largely assumed that cancer is a more common recent phenomenon dating back to the 18th century which worsened as the human lifespan lengthened.

However, this new study is revealing that cancer may have been commonplace throughout history. The scientists also added that diagnosing cancer in those who had been dead a long time was difficult and that there were too few samples to work with due to the limited geographic range.

Because how would you know, right?! That's a bit of interesting information.
..you'd have to be an idiot to think cancer wasn't as prevalent in the Medieval ages.....why wouldn't it be??
It has traditionally been associated with things like the level of pollution. Further, they haven't had the will/opportunity to look for it in previous eras.
pollution???!! idiots
 

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Pollution can be a known carcinogen....yes the american diet may very well be a huge reason for many medical maladies. But it's easier to get that big mac. Nice job driving up health insurance premiums
 

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The "official" per-capita cancer rate is determined by accurate records and diagnosis and all the numbers are essentially the same. Strangely South America isn't on the list nor is China and Russia. I wonder why?
 

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