Oldest evidence of breast cancer discovered 4,200 years ago

Oldest evidence of breast cancer discovered 4,200 years ago


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A group of anthropologists from the University of Jaén have discovered what the Egyptian authorities have recognized as the oldest test of breast cancer in the skeleton of an adult woman about 4200 years old. The skeleton belongs to a aristocrat of the city of Elephantine, the southernmost of the country located on an island in the Nile and located north of Nubia, which today would be part of the modern city of Aswan, in the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa.

The Minister of Antiquities and Heritage and Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Archeology at Ain Shams University, Mamdouh el-Damaty, stated that the skeleton shows the typical deterioration of a breast cancer that has metastasized.

Although cancer is today a very widespread disease, little evidence of this disease has been found in archaeological records, compared to other diseases, but this finding together with the discovery of another skeleton of some 3,000 years old found in what is now Sudan by British researchers, suggests that cancer was present in the Nile Valley in ancient times .


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