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Sen. John McCain, 71, is in excellent health and shows no evidence of the recurrence of the melanoma skin cancer that led to extensive head and neck surgery in 2000, McCain's doctors said Friday.
McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has kidney stones and takes medication to reduce his cholesterol but otherwise has a strong heart and is in good shape, the doctors said.
"At the present time, Sen. McCain enjoys excellent health and displays extraordinary energy,"...
... But buried in 1,173 pages of medical records that McCain's campaign released before the conference call was something not previously made public: Two pathologists at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology who examined the melanoma specimen from McCain's left temple in 2000 suggested there were two melanomas on his temple, not one, as his doctors had said publicly at the time.
McCain's campaign and doctors did not respond Friday to a request for clarification of the Armed Forces pathology report and the classification of the melanoma. But two experts in the field who reviewed the report said it was unclear whether the melanoma on McCain's temple had metastasized from another, or whether there was one new primary melanoma.
If the spread was through the nearby melanoma, then there is greater risk to McCain than the public has been led to believe, said Dr. Lynn Schuchter, a melanoma expert at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, director of the Melanoma Center at UC San Francisco.
Originally posted by grover
...she had melanoma and when I first noticed it, it was a dark spot on her temple... she was a Christian Scientist (if I recall correctly) and so it went untreated and by the time it killed her it had eaten off a quarter of her face.