I have to say that I\’m not entirely sure that I believe this:
Researchers looking at almost a thousand mummies from ancient Egypt and South America found only a handful suffered from cancer when now it accounts for nearly one in three deaths.
The findings suggest that it is modern lifestyles and pollution levels caused by industry that are the main cause of the disease and that it is not a naturally occurring condition.
The reason being that we do find instances of cancers in animals, and in animals that don\’t particularly have exposure to, large parts of our modern world. Tasmanian Devils, for example, are being pretty much wiped out by a cancer.
That some cancers are environmentally caused there\’s no doubt about it.
Prof Zimmerman said: “In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases.
\”The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation.”
There is another explanation possible of course: that cancer is actually an infectious disease, one that\’s arisen only recently. As, I think I\’m right in saying, some leukaemias are thought to be?