Description of a basal cell breast carcinoma by Paul of Aegina (7th century A.D.)

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer in humans. The diagnosis of suspected BCC is nowadays typically confirmed with incisional biopsy before referral to final surgery. Continue reading “Description of a basal cell breast carcinoma by Paul of Aegina (7th century A.D.)”

The first accurate description of uterine carcinoma by Aretaeus of Cappadocia

Uterine cancer had been known since antiquity. The earliest documentation, even tenuous in the extreme, comes from the ancient Egyptian Kahun papyrus (c. 2000 BC). A small passage from another Egyptian papyrus, the Ebers, written in 1500 BC, that was mentioning: “woman gnawed in her uterus and in the vagina where ulcers develop” led some authors to conclude that the disease described was uterine cancer. Continue reading “The first accurate description of uterine carcinoma by Aretaeus of Cappadocia”

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