1.7-Million-Year-Old Bone Shows Cancer Has Been Around For A Long Time
A new study says modern society didn't invent cancer.By Samantha Crook | July 30, 2016
Cancer might be an older disease than some research has lead us to believe — at least that's what a new study says.
"Recent studies on Egyptian mummies failed to identify traces of cancer, leading some researchers to suggest that it wasn't present in the pre-modern world. This study falsifies that," researcher Edward Odes said in a University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg video.
The study shows evidence of a type of bone cancer in a more than 1-million-year-old toe found in South Africa. Researchers say it marks the earliest identifiable case of malignant neoplastic disease in an early human ancestor.