We'll Learn to Live With Cancer, Suggests New Book

November 19, 2010

USA Today

Cancer is often described as a disease of modernity, fueled by sedentary Western lifestyles and industrial chemicals.

But cancer has been with us for a very long time, says oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee in a new history of the disease.

In a papyrus that dates back to 2500 B.C., an Egyptian surgeon wrote of a bulge in the breast that was hard and cool to the touch. The surgeon, who also dabbled in astrology and architecture, chose poetic metaphors from the world of the pharaohs, comparing the swelling to a hard "ball of wrappings" and "unripe hemat fruit." Read More