Aggressive cancers have been around for a long time, researchers discovered.
Using 3-D imaging, scientists found a type of cancer called osteosarcoma in a nearly 2 million year-old human foot bone. Published in the South African Journal of Science, the study suggests the proliferation of cancer precedes the issues of modernization with which we often associate the rise in cancer rates.
In an article today, National Geographic reported that “modern lifestyles have increased the incidences of cancer, especially in industrialized countries, [but] the triggers for the disease are embedded deep within the human evolutionary past.” That assertion is also echoed by study co-author Edward Odes who said, “You can opt for the paleo diet, you can have as clean a living environment as you want, but the capacity for these diseases is ancient, and it’s within us regardless of what you do to yourselves.”
To read more about this historic latest discovery, read National Geographic‘s “Earliest Human Cancer Found in 1.7-Million-Year-Old Bone.”