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Cancer in the wild

Wildlife Extra News - 7 mountain gorillas die of natural causes.
3 killed by another gorilla, one unknown cause, one an infected abscess, two of cancer.
All in the wild in Rwanda in a couple of weeks.
(Story chosen as 1st on Google)

Cancer caused by modern man as it was virtually non-existent in ancient world - Telegraph
“In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death," said Professor Rosalie David, a biomedical Egyptologist at the University of Manchester. "There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.
"Cancer appears to be a modern disease created by modern life."


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"Cancer appears to be a modern disease created by modern life."

He's perfectly correct of course: in past ages, nobody lived long enough to die of cancer.

The question is, do you want to go back to a society in which more than half of children died before their fifth birthday, and most adult deaths were caused by preventable infectious diseases?

Personally, no.

But one can never be sure with leftists.

WEll... I a, willing to believe that some of the things we do increase chances of develkoping cancer - tobacco, for example. But -
"Cancer appears to be a modern disease created by modern life"
begs the question of what is meant by "modern." The ancient Greeks did not just have a word for it, they had several, and distinguished among several types both benign and malignant.

I was reminded of something similar I heard, I think in the 1980s. Historians had long declared that syphilis was unknown in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans - until it was diagnosed in the ten-thousand-year-old remains of a bear. Oops...

Swings and roundabouts. We don't lose one thousandth of the numbers to wild animals hunts and encounters either these days. And even with the bit of domestic violence that remains, most women get headaches from natural causes rather than a club to the head every night.

The Tasmanian Devil population is declining due to a form of cancer spread from one animanl to the other when they bite each other's faces when fighting. Probably brought on by an infectious agent such as a virus. So cancer isn't a man-made disease at all. Which isn't to say it can't be initiated by man-made agents, which is a different thing entirely.

The Tasmanian Devil population is declining due to a form of cancer spread from one animal to the other when they bite each other's faces when fighting. Probably brought on by an infectious agent such as a virus. So cancer isn't a man-made disease at all. Which isn't to say it can't be initiated by man-made agents, which is a different thing entirely.

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