Oldest evidence of cancer in human family tree found

Abnormal growth in a 1.6-million- to 1.8-million-year-old toe bone was malignant tumor

toe bone

ANCIENT CANCER  A 1.6-million- to 1.8-million-year-old toe bone sports a large, bony growth that represents the earliest known case of a potentially fatal cancer in the human evolutionary family, researchers say.

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