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A man’s potentially fatal encounter with a shark saved his life, after doctors treating him for his injuries discovered he had cancer.
Eugene Finney was on a family holiday with his two children, aged 6 and 10, and his girlfriend on Huntington Beach, California, when he went for a swim and felt something “slam into his back”.
“[It hit] harder than I've ever been hit in my life,” the 39-year-old told the Sentinel and Enterprise.
Startled and hurt, the art museum marketing co-ordinator managed to flee from the water, but did not know exactly what had happened to him.
The headline should read, "Who Needs Chemotherapy When A Shark Will Do?"
originally posted by: GetHyped
a reply to: rickymouse
The shark bite led to medical examination which lead to the discovery of tumors. These were then removed surgically.
The shark had nothing to do with the treatment of the cancer.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Interesting side note -- sharks are one of the only animals to never get cancer themselves...
Scientists have known for more than 150 years that sharks get cancer. And yet the belief persists that the animals don't suffer from the disease.
That misconception is promoted in part by those who sell shark cartilage, who claim that the substance will help cure cancer, said David Shiffman, a shark researcher and doctoral student at the University of Miami. But no studies have shown that shark cartilage is an effective treatment, and the demand for the material has helped decimate shark populations, researchers say: Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year, according to a March 2013 study (although many factors contribute to the killing of sharks, including demand for shark-fin soup