Cancer kills more people worldwide than any other disease - roughly 1 in 8 people. But according to MSNBC, there’s nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. Experts say cancer is largely caused by man-made environmental factors, like pollution and diet and studies show that before modern industrialization, cancer was extremely rare.
In fact, scientists analyzed hundreds of Egyptian mummies and found only one case of cancer 2,000 years ago. And they found fewer than a dozen cases in animal fossils. And literature didn’t contain descriptions of any type of cancer until the 1600s. And the first reports of distinctive tumors only happened in the past 200 years.
Dr. John Glaspy is an oncologist at UCLA and he says cancer in modern society is very rare in people under age 30. And in ancient times, people rarely lived much older than that. And women were having children a lot younger and early childbirth puts women in a lower risk category for breast cancer.
But ancient Egyptians also had a diet rich in produce and fish. Another staple of their diet was bread – not the white bread we eat today. But whole grain, high fiber, and very nutritious. They also drank beer made from barley, and wine made from grapes, pomegranates, and plums. So, what’s your takeaway from this?
Dr. Rachel Thompson is from the World Cancer Research Fund and she says a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent about one-third of the most common cancers. So, ditch the junk food, and go back to an Egyptian diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish and lean meats. And you’ll be more likely to live cancer-free until you’re mummified.