(WASHINGTON POST) — You’ve heard that elephants never forget, but did you know they almost never get cancer, either?
It turns out that just 4.8 percent of known elephant deaths are related to cancer. For humans, cancer-related deaths are much more common — between 11 and 25 percent, scientists say.
The elephant’s low cancer rate is particularly interesting because, all things being equal, elephants should get more cancer than we do. Elephants have about 100 times as many cells as humans, and they have a lengthy life span, about 70 years. That gives a lot of cells a lot of opportunity to mutate and turn malignant.
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