|This ancient woman died of breast cancer.||Archaeologists have found six cases of cancer while studying the bodies of ancient Egyptians who were buried in the Dakhleh Oasis. The finds include a toddler with leukemia, a mummified man with rectal cancer and individuals with cancer possibly caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). |
|In five of the six cases, scientists determined that they had cancer by studying lesions (holes and bone damage) on their skeletons. Those holes were left when cancer spread throughout their bodies. Researchers cannot be certain where the cancers originated in many of the cases.|
Researchers believe the risk of cancer was considerably lower in ancient Egypt than it is today.