EL EQUIPO DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE JAÉN HALLA EL VESTIGIO MÁS ANTIGUO DE CÁNCER DE MAMA EN UN ESQUELETO EGIPCIO DE FINALES DE LA DIN. VI

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Ministry of Antiquities
Press Office

Evidenced in Egypt the oldest breast cancer in the world

“Antiquities Minister, Dr. Mamdouh el-Damaty announces the discovery
of the oldest evidence of breast cancer in the world. This discovery
was made along the seventh archaeological season carried out by
University of Jaen (Spain) in the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa (West
Asuan). Dr. Miguel Botella (University of Granada) and his team of
anthropologists have identified on the bones of an adult woman an
extraordinary deterioration in all her skeleton. The study of her
remains shows the typical destructive damages provoked by the extension
of a breast cancer as a metastasis in the bones.

The team from University of Jaen has confirmed that the woman lived at
the end of the 6th Dynasty (2200 BCE) and was part of the élite of the
southernmost town of Egypt, Elephantine. The virulence of the disease
impeded her to carry out any kind of labor, but she was treated and
taken care during a long period until her death.
The University of Jaen began the archaeological excavations in Qubbet
el-Hawa in 2008 and their major goal is to reconstruct the life and
funerary rituals of the governors of Elephantine and their families
who lived between 2250 and 1750 BCE. Thus, the team directed by Dr.
Alejandro Jiménez belongs to different disciplines among them Physic
Anthropology plays a key role in the reconstruction of the life
conditions of ancient Egyptians. Dr. Miguel Botella is a reputed
anthropologist who has worked in numerous sites of the world (Kenia,
Mexico, France, Colombia, Peru, etc.).”

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