Diet, pollution, Industrial Revolution: scientists suggest cancer man-made, concludes a new study in Nature Reviews Cancer.
We may have to thank every Egyptian mummy maker in ancient society, as it was the careful preservation of their dead citizens that made the study possible, along with the use of fossils and ancient literature.
Researchers studying the origins of cancer suggest that the extreme rarity of cancer in ancient mummies that it is a disease that was man-made as a result of the Industrial Revolution era.
A combination of diet and pollution therefore are co-conspirators in the formation cancer and other new diseases.
According to one researcher, "The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. 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."
Cancer prevention through early detection is the best chance we have of beating the disease we apparently created ourselves.