Due to this forming in memes - set up its own thread: key posts:
I’m guessing it had something to do with nuclear disasters like Chernobyl.
Blockquote Every year about, “0.1–2.2 individuals per million of all aged under 15 years old world wide” were affected by thyroid
cancer . Research has shown after the Chernobyl disaster the level of thyroid cancer , particularly in children near the radiation exposure, has abnormally increased.
Effects of the Chernobyl disaster - Wikipedia"0.1–,radiation%20exposure%2C%20has%20abnormally%20increased.
Cancer is nothing new:
Cancer has existed for all of human history.
 The earliest written record regarding cancer is from circa 1600 BC in the Egyptian Edwin Smith Papyrus and describes breast cancer.  Hippocrates (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) described several kinds of cancer, referring to them with the Greek word καρκίνος karkinos (crab or crayfish).
Cancer has existed for all of human history. The earliest written record regarding cancer is from circa 1600 BC in the Egyptian Edwin Smith Papyrus and describes breast cancer. Hippocrates (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) described several kinds of cancer, referring to them with the Greek word καρκίνος karkinos (crab or crayfish). This name comes from the appearance of the cut surface of a solid malignant tumor, with "the veins stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet, whe In the 15th, 1…
A few more… please refer back to other thread and I just chose a random few to set up here…
Which your loving god permitted. Do try to avoid facile, knee jerk responses, there’s a good chap
Besides, bone and other cancers have been around for hundreds of years.
As ever, no religion has ever been able to explain the existence of suffering or evil. Especially those which involve children or animals.
Hundreds? ITYM “…have always been around.”
The ancient egyptians described cancer as a disease:
The earliest known descriptions of cancer appear in several papyri from Ancient Egypt. The
Edwin Smith Papyrus was written around 1600 BC (possibly a fragmentary copy of a text from 2500 BC) and contains a description of cancer, as well as a procedure to remove breast tumours by cauterization, wryly stating that the disease has no treatment.
There is no reason to think cancers of different kinds have not been around for, like almost always, from long before humans developed to describe it.
My bad. I didn’t know so was being conservative, should have checked.
The information from that papyrus is fascinating. Not surprised that the Egyptians knew more than Hippocrates. Due to familiarity of the human body from embalming?
I think they did pretty well seeing they had no knowledge of germ theory . Honey is sterile ,so would be good to prevent infection.
It’s my understanding that the Egyptians also carried out quite sophisticated brain surgery. At that time and until Galen ca 170 bce , the function of the brain was not understood. The heart was considered the centre of thought and emotion.
" Around 170 BC, Roman physician Galen suggested the brain’s four ventricles (fluid-filled cavities) were the seat of complex thought, and determined personality and bodily functions. This was one of the first suggestions that the brain was where our memory, personality and thinking reside. "
Understanding the brain: a brief history - Queensland Brain Institute - University of Queensland.
People get cancer all the time, Chernobyl just made it worse. Apparently it’s causing “super thyroid cancer” in the offspring of survivors
Researchers utilized genomic tools to investigate potential health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, a known carcinogen, as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl accident. One study found no evidence that genetic changes associated with radiation…
Cancer hasn’t just been affecting humans for millennia, but other organisms too. Indeed, I’m aware of scientific papers documenting bone cancers found in various Mesozoic era fossils.
Two relevant papers are:
Metastatic Cancer In The Jurassic by Bruce M Rothschild, Brian J Witzke & Israel Hershkovitz, The Lancet, 354: 398 (31st July 1999)
Triassic Cancer - Osteosarcoma In A 240 Million Year Old Stem Turtle by Yara Haridy, Florian Witzmann, Patrick Asbach, Rainer R. Schoch, Nadia Fröbisch & Bruce M. Rothschild, Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology, 5(3): 425-426 (1st March 2019)