Researchers at the University of Manchester's KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in England, arrived at that conclusion in 2010 where ongoing research also supported, these findings hinted that the growing number of victims and death tolls in the present bears a huge gap compared to those cases recorded in the past.
The study has gone through the remains and text from ancient Egypt and Greece civilizations, which also included the first past findings of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.
The study, published in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, noted that researchers found only one incident of cancer after investigating several hundreds of Egyptian mummies. Incidentally, the researchers found very few indications of the disease in period literature indicating that cancer cases were exceptionally unusual during the particular period.
There is nothing in the natural environment which causes cancer. The findings from the mummies and literature suggest that cancer is man-made. Furthermore, cancer may be caused down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle, Prof. Rosalie David, of the Faculty of Life Sciences said.
Hence, it is implied that changing the lifestyle and diet could lead to avoidance of the killer disease. Thus, the important object about this study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. Very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies could be made because there exists a full overview, she continued.