Has cancer always been around?

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    Evidence suggests that cancer has always pervaded the human race. Fossilized bone tumors, evidence of cancer in mummified bodies, and bony skull destruction from cancers of the head and neck have been found, all of which supports the notion that cancer is ancient. Several ancient manuscripts detailing the symptoms and treatment of cancer have been found, the oldest of which being the Edwin Smith Papyrus, dating back to Egypt, 3000 B.C.E. It describes eight types of tumors and the cauterization method used to treat them. The manuscript pessimistically concludes, “There is no treatment.”

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