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Was cancer really less likely in a pre-industrial world?

15/05/2021 03:32 PM | Click to read full article

Today, more than half of all Britons are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis within their lifetime. Archaeological evidence from earlier eras, however, has long implied that as few as 1 per cent of pre-industrial residents of the island suffered from the devastating disease.

Now, new research suggests that number may have been a gross under calculation.