Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Discovery, Aswan: Spanish archaeological mission discovers oldest case of breast cancer

The archaeological mission of Spain’s Jaen University revealed a new discovery at the Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan on Tuesday.
Oldest cast of breast cancer discovered in 
Aswan's Tombs of the Nobles
The mummy, which belongs to the 6th Dynasty (2200 BC), had stains across the body, which offered hints of an infection that was later detected by medical tests. “This is the oldest discovered case of breast case in history,” according to Salama.

The team also discovered an unknown medication that the woman was taking to cure her disease.

The Director of Aswan and Nubia Artefacts Nasr Salama noted that the scientific discovery was made under the supervision of Miguel Ortega, one of the world’s pre-eminent anthropologists.

The Spanish archaeological mission has been working at the Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan since 2008, concentrating their efforts on discovering the daily life and funerary rites of the rulers and their families who lived during the 6th Dynasty in Ancient Egypt.

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