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That’s a good one, why do kids get cancer?


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.

…e the first nuclear test explosion on July 16, 1945, at least eight nations have detonated 2,056 nuclear test explosionsat dozens of test sites, including Lop Nor in China, the atolls of the Pacific, Nevada, Algeria where France conducted its first nuclear device, western Australia where the U.K. exploded nuclear weapons, the South Atlantic…

That’s nothing :grimacing:

@Whitefire13 Did cancer become a huge thing before or after all the countries started playing with radiation? I’ve read a few things here and there suggesting that it played a role in it.

Cancer is nothing new:

Cancer has existed for all of human history.[209] The earliest written record regarding cancer is from circa 1600 BC in the Egyptian Edwin Smith Papyrus and describes breast cancer.[209] Hippocrates (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) described several kinds of cancer, referring to them with the Greek word καρκίνος karkinos (crab or crayfish).

Radiation can both contribute and kill “cancer”. The basics of “cancer” has always been with our species as well as other species (my cat died of mouth cancer).

…most like a contributing factor (as I blow out smoke :smoking:)


@Get_off_my_lawn @Whitefire13 That’s good to know. I hope I never get it.

It’s called covering your bases.



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.