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(NBC News)   Archaeologists find 3200 year-old skeleton with cancer, proving that even ancient humans were ignoring the surgeon general's warnings   (nbcnews.com) divider line 21
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2014-03-18 04:33:56 PM  
Wait, this brave skeleton has lived for 3200 years with cancer? Does it have a line of promotional wristbands that I can purchase?
 
2014-03-18 06:03:19 PM  

Cagey B: Wait, this brave skeleton has lived for 3200 years with cancer? Does it have a line of promotional wristbands that I can purchase?


Yeah.  He's also promoting the cancer diet.  He lost so much weight he's practically skin and bones.
 
2014-03-18 06:20:37 PM  
DNRTFA, but Cancer is not a bone disease.  This is fake as hell and you are a bad person, subby, for making fun of cancer and/or it's victims.
 
2014-03-18 06:23:42 PM  
Well, most bodies don't get preserved, cancer rarely affects the bones, and if you're going to be immunologically likely to develop a cancer you'll die of something else first. I'm having dinner with a paleontologist tonight and I'll see if I can ask her about cancer in the fossil record.
 
2014-03-18 06:37:31 PM  
Guess big pharma was keeping people from knowing about nature's cures 3200 years ago, too.
 
2014-03-18 06:55:18 PM  
I have it on knowledge that this person died from cell phone over-use.   The tanning bed is not believed to have been a factor.
 
2014-03-18 06:56:38 PM  
Since charred meat has plenty of carcinogens I have to figure cancer's been around as long as cooking.

/the saber cats, parasites, and tribe next door would probably get you first.
 
2014-03-18 07:00:08 PM  

IronJelly: DNRTFA, but Cancer is not a bone disease.  This is fake as hell and you are a bad person, subby, for making fun of cancer and/or it's victims.


Whoa
 
2014-03-18 07:05:15 PM  
I hear he got it from the wifi signals in our public schools.
 
2014-03-18 07:20:21 PM  

IronJelly: DNRTFA, but Cancer is not a bone disease.  This is fake as hell and you are a bad person, subby, for making fun of cancer and/or it's victims.


In case you aren't being obtuse, FTFA:

Analyzing the skeleton using radiography and a scanning electron microscope, they managed to get clear imaging of lesions on the bones which showed the cancer had spread to cause tumors on the collar bones, shoulder blades, upper arms, vertebrae, ribs, pelvis and thigh bones.

..."Our analysis showed that the shape of the small lesions on the bones can only have been caused by a soft tissue cancer ... though the exact origin is impossible to determine through the bones alone."


That sounds like an excruciating and horrible way to go.
 
2014-03-18 07:34:08 PM  
 
2014-03-18 08:22:19 PM  

IronJelly: DNRTFA, but Cancer is not a bone disease.  This is fake as hell and you are a bad person, subby, for making fun of cancer and/or it's victims.


Not sure I see how subby is making fun of anyone. FTFA:  "Our analysis showed that the shape of the small lesions on the bones can only have been caused by a soft tissue cancer ... though the exact origin is impossible to determine through the bones alone."

So, any cancer in the bones would have been the result of something else metastasizing. Even taking subby's tongue-in-cheek headline more seriously, not heeding the Surgeon General > lung cancer, and that can certainly spread to bones.
 
2014-03-18 08:51:02 PM  
Grok White have cancer, but Grok no have furs to pay for shaman. Grok need make crystal to pay for shaman. Coming to AMC, it Breaking Bedrock.
 
2014-03-18 09:08:06 PM  
Joe Jackson's ancestor, Oog Jackson, wrote a song about this.
 
2014-03-18 09:32:47 PM  

IronJelly: DNRTFA, but Cancer is not a bone disease.  This is fake as hell and you are a bad person, subby, for making fun of cancer and/or it's victims.


There are over a billion children in the world right now who are so poor that they go all day without any butthurt.
 
2014-03-18 09:36:22 PM  
www.arrowheadology.com
 
2014-03-18 10:54:20 PM  
There are dinosaur fossils which show cancer. It's not a new disease.
 
2014-03-19 09:28:34 AM  
It was probably because he didn't wear organic clothing.
 
2014-03-19 09:54:54 AM  
Was it found in California?
 
2014-03-19 11:32:39 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: IronJelly: DNRTFA, but Cancer is not a bone disease.  This is fake as hell and you are a bad person, subby, for making fun of cancer and/or it's victims.

There are over a billion children in the world right now who are so poor that they go all day without any butthurt.


But they're not even on the Internet, so how can they have butthurt?

I'm sure they're not writing letters to the editor or working for Fox News or Newsmax. Unless they've outsourced right wing buttthurt to India and China. I guess that's one way to get butthurt to the toiling child masses:  gold-mining sweatshops, mining the rich world news for butthurt.

Sort of like Fark.cn.

I think I may have inadvertently come up with a billion dollar business plan.
 
2014-03-19 11:51:04 PM  
Cancer was rare among our ancestors because mortality was so high that not many people lived long enough to come down with cancer. It has been found in Egyptian mummies though. In fact, the Egyptians had cancer specialists and knew that sunlight was good for some cancers. They also had specialists for ailments of the left and right eye. They really ran amok with the specialization, probably for the same reasons that doctors are only too happy to refer you to a string of them today.

The average life expectancy at birth around 1900 in the USA and similar countries was 40-45. Most people today are diagnosed well after 65. Breast cancer may affect one woman in six, but she will probably be post-menopausal. In fact, some doctors think breast exams are pretty much useless for young women no matter what your boyfriend says.

Likewise, one in four men may get prostate cancer but by then his prostate is the size of an orange and giving him other things to worry about, such as ten trips to the bathroom every night.

I could probably find some early examples of cancer if I could search my family tree for cause of death, but I think I lost that option when I switched from my old software.

Most women didn't smoke until the 1900s, but like women in the developing world, they were much exposed to cooking fires and thus had lung cancer well before cigarettes. Radon gas is another threat which is older than tobacco, although most people who get lung cancer from radon are smokers--the two causes reenforce each other.
 
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