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The oldest human tumor ever found — by more than 100,000 years — has been discovered in the rib of a Neanderthal.
"We do see it in human patients today," Monge told LiveScience. "It's exactly the same kind of process and in the same place." Fibrous dysplasia is caused by a spontaneous genetic mutation in the cells that produce bone, according to the Mayo Clinic. In some cases, the tumors are small and asymptomatic. In other cases, they cause pain and weakness. Because the researchers have only an isolated rib from this particular Neanderthal, they can't say whether his or her other bones would have been affected.
Originally posted by Astyanax
reply to post by NthOther
What kind of thinking is that? Do you believe that cancer is only caused by industrial pollutants and modern lifestyles?
Giving up smoking, watching your diet, exercising, avoiding exposure to certain pollutants and unnecessary doses of radiation – all this will help reduce your chances of getting cancer. Avoiding certain food additives and keeping your stress levels low may help, too. How do we know this? Because governments and public-health authorities have been telling us for years.
Contrary to your supposition, health spending is a huge cost to governments, and one they are very keen to reduce. The greatest advance in the battle against cancer has been getting millions of people to stop smoking. It was largely government-led campaigns, often augmented by private initiative, that made it happen.
They also told us that blood letting was an effective treatment for headaches.
While we can all agree these things are bad for us, just because the government says so is not a persuasive argument.
It was also a government-led campaign that got an entire generation of men addicted to cigarettes. It was that thing called World War II where they handed out free cigarettes...
Ive got to wonder just whom actually funded this research,.
Monsanto? Dow? BP? any fracking company?
Funding: The authors have no support or funding to report.