A study published in 2016 regarding cancer has gone completely unnoticed. Why do people refuse to consider that cancer really might be a ‘man-made’ disease?

The study suggests that cancer really was a product of modern times and it is something we all need to be aware of, whether we choose to believe it or not. Almost eight million people die from cancer worldwide each year and for some reason, any kind of research that points out any sort of beneficial treatment or cure is always squashed before it has a chance. Cancer is without a doubt an epidemic that affects us all, I cannot think of a single person who doesn’t know someone who has not lost someone to this terrible disease.

Researchers from the University of Manchester studied mummies, fossils, and classical literature as extensively as they possibly could. They noticed that tumors were extremely rare until recent times. It seems the disease is very much fueled by the things we use and partake in throughout our daily lives. Pollution, poor diet, excess technology, and so much more.

After looking at slivers of tissue from hundreds of mummies that were rehydrated and examined under a microscope, researchers found no sign of cancer except for one single isolated case. Don’t get me wrong, this study could be flawed in one way or another but it opens up a subject lots of people are afraid to talk about. The researchers also dismissed the idea that the short lifespans of the Egyptians would contribute to the lack of cancer by emphasizing the fact that other age-related diseases such as brittle bones and hardening of the arteries occurred during the same period.

Professor Rosalie David at the Faculty of Life Sciences said as follows in a statement:

“In industrialized societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.”

“The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia, not one hundred years, and have masses of data.”

As they worked through the ages they found that it was not until the 17th century that descriptions of operations for breast and other cancers were becoming a thing. Basically, because there was no surgical intervention back during the time of Egyptian’s and there was a lack of malignancies it really does seem to show that cancer was a rare disease. Factors we are causing these days is making cancer become more and more of an issue. Modern industrialization is literally killing us.

Professor David went on to also mention:

“The ancient Egyptian data offers both physical and literary evidence, giving a unique opportunity to look at the diseases they had and the treatments they tried. They were the fathers of pharmacology so some treatments did work.”

“They were very inventive and some treatments thought of as magical were genuine therapeutic remedies. For example, celery was used to treat rheumatism back then and is being investigated today. Their surgery and the binding of fractures were excellent because they knew their anatomy: there was no taboo on working with human bodies because of mummification. They were very hands on and it gave them a different mindset to working with bodies than the Greeks, who had to come to Alexandria to study medicine.”

“Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has given modern society a clear message – cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address.”

I guess what I am getting at is that there is a lot more to cancer than we realize and a lot of the things we don’t think about are contributing to the intensity of it. Doing our best to resolve this issue is something that we should have began a long time ago. The longer we wait the more time we waste.

A copy of the paper ‘Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between?’doi:10.1038/nrc2914 can be viewed here: http://www.nature.com/nrc/journal/v10/n10/full/nrc2914.html

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