Scientists discovered the earliest known cases of cancer, and they prove cancer has been around long before we thought.
The disease was located inside the remains of mummies, found at the Qubbet el-Hawa dune in the city Aswan, Egypt and examined by a team at the Universality of Granada. Scientist used CT scans to closely look at the delicate mummies without damaging them.
“Today this is the only really valid method to leave the material intact.” Professor Miguel Cecilio Lopez of the University of Granada explained. “We have seen and studied the physical characteristics of these people. We have seen the face of them for the first time.”
Two mummies were subjected to the tomography scans. Upon a closer examination of their bones, it was revealed they both suffered from cancer — the teenager had breast cancer and the boy had a type of bone marrow cancer.
This is first time cancer has been found in mummies from a time around 2000 B.C. and gives scientists insight into the disease’s history.
“It is an important finding because it shows that cancer already existed long before we thought and of course cancer is part of the human genome and part of humanity since its inception.” Lopez explained.