Glioblastoma sounds frightening – and it is. This malignancy is the most aggressive cancer that begins inside the brain, and patients who are diagnosed with it usually have only about 11 to 20 months to live. There are rare cases, about 3% to 5% of victims, who survive for five years or more.
Cancer is not a single disease but a whole range of different diseases, the treatment of which is different, the treatment is different, and the prognosis is different. The process of DNA damage that causes uncontrolled division of the cells can begin for various reasons, not always known and clear. It may persist for years, so that the outbreak of the disease is already a relatively late stage in a long and sometimes imperceptible process.
Did Methuselah, the grandfather of Noah who – according to Genesis – lived for 969 years, contract prostate cancer before meeting his Maker? If human health in biblical times was similar to that today, he probably did, because the main factor behind malignancy of the prostate, is aging. Thus, men who live long lives are unlikely to escape some problem with the prostate, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (non-cancerous enlargement of the gland that makes urination difficult) if not actual cancer.