A group of researchers have found the oldest case of cancer, 4500 years ago, according to an article by CBC News.The group of researchers included a Canadian from Saskatchewan. The remains were found in Siberia.
“A group of researchers, including a Saskatchewan scientist, have found what may be the oldest case of human cancer in the world.
Bones of a man exhumed in Siberia that date back 4,500 years to the Early Bronze Age show he had lung or prostate cancer, which eventually spread through his body from his hip to his head. He died between 35 and 45 years old.
“This is one of — if not the oldest — absolute cases of cancer that we can be really, really confident saying that it’s cancer,” said Angela Lieverse, a bioarchaeologist at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
She said there have been similar cancer discoveries in remains estimated to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old. But those involved unconfirmed cancers or tumours that were later found to be benign.”
It’s a pretty interesting article about the discovery, hypothesizing that smoke inhalation from starting fires caused the cancer. It also explains how the researchers and scientists were able to identify that this was a case of cancer rather than something else.