Egypt : Prostate cancer found in 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy


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Dec 11, 2006
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Scientists believe they have discovered the oldest case of prostate cancer in Egypt after scans on a 2,250-year-old mummy showed the man died a slow and painful death from the disease.
The unnamed Ptolemaic mummy, which is kept at the National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon, had a pattern of round and dense tumours between its pelvis and lumbar spine - giveaway signs of man's modern-day killer.
The mummy was that of a 5ft 5ins adult male‭ who lived between 285 and 230 BC and was between 51 and 60 years old when he died, researchers said.
'The bone lesions were considered very suggestive of metastatic prostate cancer,‭' ‬wrote the researchers in the International Journal of Paleopathology.
They subjected the mummy, known as M1, to powerful Multi Detector Computerized Tomography‭ (‬MDCT‭) ‬scans, which produced‭ 'really unusual high quality images', ‬Carlos Prates,‭ ‬a radiologist at Imagens Médicas Integradas in Lisbon, told Discovery News.
Digital X-rays showed that M1‭ ‬had been buried with crossed arms‭ - a common pose in Ptolemaic mummies,‭ ‬although in the New Kingdom it was often associated with royals‭.

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