Reseach Shows Cancer Might Be A Manufactured Disease

Have you ever thought whether or not cancer was a disease created by humans or not? Recent research seems to prove that it might be correct have been!

Researchers from the University of Manchester led a round of research and ultimately concluded that cancer is a human-made condition. There are 150,000 people who suffer from cancer each year in the UK alone.

The researchers concluded this by studying fossils, mummies, and classical literature. Based on the scientists, the condition is fueled by the excesses of modern day life. They concluded that because tumors were extremely rare in the past. They only became common and widespread in recent times because of people’s poor diet habits, laziness, and excess technology.

The study of Egyptian mummies, gave no signs of cancer in most of them, except one isolated case. When fragments of tissue from hundreds of Egyptian mummies were rehydrated and examined under a microscope, scientists discovered only one instance of cancer in all the mummies.

Some researchers argue that the lack of cancer was due to the shorter lifespan of the Egyptians. However, the researchers from this study exposed these arguments by showing that other age-related diseases like solidification of the arteries and fragile bones occurred during this period.

Based on reports from the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, the fossil evidence of cancer is not substantial, as scientific literature has provided a few dozen, but mostly disputed, examples in animal fossils. Furthermore, a study of Neanderthal bones has given only one example of possible cancer.

The ancient Egyptian texts also don’t present substantial evidence of cancer, as leprosy or varicose veins more likely caused cancer-like difficulties. It is considered that the ancient Greeks were the first people to describe cancer as a specific disease and make a distinction between malignant and benign tumors.

Michael Zimmerman, the head researcher of this study, declared that there should have been a lot of cancer-related evidence in ancient societies as back then there were no surgeons who could intervene.

There is an absence of evidence of any malignancies in mummies. This likely means it was rare in antiquity. It indicates that cancer-causing factors are limited to cultures and societies affected by modern industrialization.

Professor Rosalie David, who also analyzed the possible reference to the disease in mummified bodies, fossil records, and classical literature, said:

“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,” she continued. “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.”

Researchers recommend regular physical activity, eating plant-based whole-foods, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing exposure to electronics to help reduce the risk of cancer. They believe these can prevent about a third of the most common cancers known.

A copy of the paper ‘Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between?’ is available here.


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