Cancer Found in Mummy

An Egyptian mummy known as M1 is being studied at the National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon in Portugal. The 2,250-year-old male is thought to have have been between 51 and 60 years old when he died a slow, painful death from cancer.
Several post-mortem fractures, possibly produced by mishandling when the mummy was transported to Europe, afflicted the body.

But that wasn't all they found. A pattern of round and dense tumors, measuring between 0.03 and 0.59 inches, interspersed M1's pelvis and lumbar spine.

"The bone lesions were considered very suggestive of metastatic prostate cancer," wrote the researchers.

Indeed, prostatic carcinoma typically spreads to the pelvic region, the lumbar spine, the upper arm and leg bones, the ribs, ultimately reaching most of the skeleton.

Prates and colleagues considered other diseases as alternatives. But M1's sex, age, the distribution pattern of the lesions, their shape and density, strongly argued for prostate cancer.

Only one older case of prostate cancer has ever been found, in a 2,700-year-old skeleton from Siberia. Read more at Discovery News. Link -via Breakfast Links

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@ lulu
Before nuke power plants, high-voltage power lines,
cell phones, red dye #9, high-fructose corn syrup,
any processed food,etc. That's why it's interesting.
@ Mitch
That last line took a second, but funny.
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Why does the media find this interesting... Is it really so surprising that cancer has existed for a long time? I don't get it.
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There are many Lisbons, there is one even in Spain (dont know why, have you any explanation for Lisbon in the english language?). Anyway, thanks, Miss Celania, for the quick correction.
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Yeah, I reckon cancer has been around since cells have been multiplyin'.

I'm pretty sure there are a lot of Lisbon in San Francisco and other liberal communities, too.
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