A historical and palaeopathological perspective on cancer.


breast cancer
global health
history of medicine


Cancer is often wrongly considered to be a modern disease in many popular medical venues. Cancers have been known to mankind since ancient times. In fact, its antiquity can be proved through the application of palaeopathological methodologies.
The present perspective piece demonstrates by means of a historical and palaeopathological analysis how oncological manifestations were present long before the emergence anatomically modern humans and addresses the epidemiological transition from ancient times to the contemporary world.

The final section of the article is dedicated to the analysis of breast cancer and its identification in ancient human remains.




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