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Pharaoh Hatshepsut Died in Pain Due to Cancer

obese.

Bald in front but with long hair in back, the mummy shows an overweight woman just over five feet tall, who died at about 50.

"First of all, the mummy was not just overweight, she was obese," Discovery News quoted Ryan as saying.

One thing, however, researchers say with certainty, is that Hatshepsut had cancer: cancer that had metastasized.

"The type of cancer we discovered is affecting the pelvic bone, specifically the left iliac bone. From its location, character and the few tiny foci of bone rarefaction in the spine, we concluded that this tumour is a metastatic deposit rather than a primary tumour," said Selim.

Though Selim doesn't rule out bone cancer, he believes it was more likely another kind of tumour that spread to the bone.

"It could have been a tumour affecting the lung, breast or kidney. Whatever the tumour's origins, it is very likely that Queen Hatshepsut spent her last days in pain," Selim said.

"A bone tumour is certainly painful. The picture emerging from the mummy is not only unflattering, but would indicate rather poor health. But with the data at our disposal, I think any diagnosis is merely speculative," added Gino Fornaciari, professor of forensic anthropology at the University of Pisa.


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