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3,200-year-old skeleton found with cancer

Published on Mar 18, 2014 6:39 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Archaeologists have found the 3,200-year-old skeleton of a man with a spreading form of cancer, the oldest example so far of a disease often associated with modern lifestyles, scientists said on Monday.

The remains of a man believed to be aged between 25 and 35 were found last year in a tomb in Sudan on the banks of the River Nile by a student at Durham University in north-east England.

The bones showed evidence of metastatic carcinoma, or a malignant soft-tumour cancer which spread from the original site to other parts of the body, although it was not possible to say if he died from the disease.

"This may help us to understand the almost unknown history of the disease.

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