The oldest known incidence of cancer in a human has been found in a 3,000-year-old skeleton. Analysis of the remains, which were found in a tomb in what used to be ancient Nubia, revealed metastatic carcinoma — a form of cancer that spreads to other parts of the body. The discovery shows that the disease is not strictly a modern affliction.

Image: M. Binder et al./PLOS ONE.


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