What Is Cancer And How Does It Kill So Many People?
Cancer begins when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. There are many kinds of of this disease, but they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. About one-half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop this disease during their lifetimes. Today, millions of people are living with this disease or have had it.
Oldest descriptions of cancer
Human beings have had cancer throughout recorded history. So it’s no surprise that from the dawn of history people have written about cancer. Some of the earliest evidence of this horrible disease can be found among fossilized bone tumors, human mummies in ancient Egypt, and ancient manuscripts. Growths suggestive of the bone cancer called osteosarcoma have been seen in mummies. Bony skull destruction as seen in cancer of the head and neck has been found, too.
Our oldest description of cancer (although the word cancer was not used) was discovered in Egypt and dates back to about 3000 BC. It is called the Edwin Smith Papyrus, and is a copy of part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. It describes 8 cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were treated by cauterization, with a tool called the fire drill. The writing says about the disease, “There is no treatment.”
Origin of the word cancer
The origin of the word cancer is credited to the Greek physician Hippocrates (460-370 BC), who is considered the “Father of Medicine.” Hippocrates used the terms carcinos and carcinoma to describe non-ulcer forming and ulcer-forming tumors. In Greek, these words refer to a crab, most likely applied to the disease because the finger-like spreading projections from a cancer called to mind the shape of a crab. The Roman physician, Celsus (28-50 BC), later translated the Greek term into cancer, the Latin word for crab. Galen (130-200 AD), another Roman physician, used the word oncos (Greek for swelling) to describe tumors. Although the crab analogy of Hippocrates and Celsus is still used to describe malignant tumors, Galen’s term is now used as a part of the name for cancer specialists — oncologists.
The Hidden Story of Cancer
Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Dr. Otto Warburg discovered the prime cause of cancer in 1920. It has to do with lack of oxygen to the cells. For Beyond 50’s “Natural Healing” talks, listen to an interview with Professor Brian Peskin. He has advanced the seminal research of Dr. Warburg through his own meticulous medical research, fully explained in his book, “The Hidden Story of Cancer.” You will discover HOW TO STOP cancer’s prime cause cold in its tracks. Cancer no longer has to be in yours or your loved one’s futures. Visit www.Beyond50Radio.com and sign up for our free e-newsletter.
*Interview by Daniel Davis. Produced and edited by Joy Ramos Davis of Beyond 50 Productions
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