IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Archaeologists Find 3,200-Year-Old Human Skeleton With Cancer

British archaeologists have found what they say is the world's oldest complete example of a human being with metastatic cancer.
Image: Photo and radiograph of left first rib of ancient skeleton
Photo and radiograph of the left first rib of ancient skeleton. Arrows indicate location of the lesions caused by metastatic cancer.British Museum
Image: Ancient skeleton with signs of cancer
A 3,000-year-old skeleton found in modern Sudan had lesions showing cancer had spread throughout the body. The insert shows an amulet found with the individual, with the Egyptian god Bes depicted on the reverse side (right).British Museum