A 2,500-year-old mummified princess from the Pazyryk people, a nomadic tribe from the region of the Siberia, may have died from breast cancer, a disease that strikes millions of women, according to a scientific analysis using new MRI scans.
In addition, scientists also suspect that the woman, who died at the age of 25, may have consumed cannabis to relieve her pain. It was already known that the Princess Ukok had died at a young age, but until now the reasons remained unknown.
Using MRI scanners, the research team identified asymmetrical signals in the mummy of the princess who lived during the 5th Century BC, which made them suspect about the disease. “During the imaging of mammary glands, we paid attention to their asymmetric structure and the varying asymmetry of the MRI signal. We are dealing with a primary tumor in the right breast and right axial lymph nodes with metastases,” explained Andrey Letyagin, from the Institute of Physiology and Fundamental Medicine, on an interview to