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Researchers find Cancer in ancient Egyptian mummy

Researchers find Cancer in ancient Egyptian mummy

CAIRO (AP) — A professor from American University in Cairo says discovery of prostate cancer in a 2,200-year-old mummy indicates the disease was caused by genetics, not environment.
 
The genetics-environment question is key to understanding cancer.
 
AUC professor Salima Ikram, a member of the team that studied the mummy in Portugal for two years, said Sunday the mummy was of a man who died in his forties.
 
She said this was the second oldest known case of prostate cancer.
 
"Living conditions in ancient times were very different; there were no pollutants or modified foods, which leads us to believe that the disease is not necessarily only linked to industrial factors," she said.
 

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