Cancer has been found to be a man-made disease fueled by modern life, after studies of ancient remains. Scientists found just about no signs of cancer in their extensive studies of mummies and ancient remains. Tumors were found to be rare until pretty recently when pollution and poor diet became big issues. Scientists believe if we had a greater understanding of it's origins it could lead to treatments for the disease.
Michael Zimmerman, a visiting professor at Manchester University, said: 'In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases.
'The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation.'
After taking rehydrated tissue from hundreds of ancient Egyptian mummies and placing it under a microscope, only one case of cancer has been confirmed.
Dismissing the argument that the ancient Egyptians didn't live long enough to develop cancer, the researchers pointed out that other age-related diseases, such as hardening of the arteries and brittle bones, did occur.