Cancer is often thought of as a modern plague caused by pollution, chemicals, and radiation—the byproducts of industrialization—but it may, in fact, be the most ancient of diseases. Its occurrence is recorded in the earliest writings of mankind, but it was not until the 5th century b.c. that Hippocrates first used the Greek word καρκlυoσ (“crab”) to describe the malignancy that spread its pincers throughout the body to choke off life. Cancer is the Latin word for crab.
KeywordsAmerican Cancer Society Roswell Park Memorial Institute Greek Word Early Writing Latin Word
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