World's oldest example of cancer found in 1.7 million-year-o
The oldest known example of cancer has been detected in the fossil of an early human who walked the Earth approximately 1.7 million years ago.

The discovery by British and South African scientists contradicts theories that cancer is a modern disease, predominantly caused by lifestyle factors.

Up until now, the oldest known human fossil associated with evidence of cancer dated back to around 3,000 BC. But the new discovery of a bone near Johannesburg bolsters arguments that many cancers have a deep evolutionary history and are caused by factors beyond the control of humans.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/27/worlds-oldest-example-of-cancer-found-in-17-million-year-old-fos/
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