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McCain’s Medical Records Disappoint Media

From a hopeful ABC News:

McCain’s Medical History: What Will It Show?

Previous Cancer Diagnosis, Old Age May Top List of Concerns

May 22, 2008

The plan by Sen. John McCain’s campaign to release his medical records this morning has many wondering just what they will reveal about the 71-year-old war veteran.

Voters may be concerned about how McCain’s health will hold up over his term if he is elected in November, given his history of melanoma, as well as the possibility that his age leaves him more prone to dementia

Alas, Mr. McCain’s medical records turned out to be very disappointing for our oh so concerned media mavens.

From a despondent Associated Press:

McCain Appears Cancer-Free, Healthy

Three-time melanoma survivor John McCain appears cancer-free, in good health


FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — Three-time melanoma survivor John McCain appears cancer-free, has a strong heart and is in otherwise general good health, according to eight years of medical records reviewed by The Associated Press.

The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting remains at risk for developing new skin cancers, and gets a thorough check by a Mayo Clinic dermatologist every few months.

“I do not see any worrisome lesions,” Dr. Suzanne Connolly concluded after McCain’s most recent exam, on May 12.

The details of McCain’s health are contained in 1,173 pages of medical documents spanning 2000 to 2008 that his campaign made available to the AP to make the case that he’s healthy enough to serve as president, as well as to counter the notion that he’s too old. The Arizona senator will turn 72 in August and would be the oldest elected first-term president…

McCain’s most recent exams show a range of health issues common in aging: He frequently has precancerous skin lesions removed, and in February had an early stage squamous cell carcinoma, an easily cured skin cancer, removed. He had benign colon growths called polyps taken out during a routine colonoscopy in March.

The Vietnam veteran has degenerative arthritis from war injuries that might mean a future joint replacement. His blood pressure and weight were healthy, and his cholesterol good but not optimal — and he switched medication from the controversial Vytorin that made headlines this past winter to a proven standby, simvastatin. ..

His likely Democratic rival, Barack Obama, will be 47 in August. Obama, lean and agile and a frequent basketball player, says he has quit smoking. Neither he nor Democratic opponent Hillary Rodham Clinton has released health records.

It is McCain’s three bouts of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, that raise the biggest health concerns. He has had four separate spots of melanoma removed from his head and arm on three occasions — in 1993, 2000 and 2002. Three spots were very early stage, when they were in the uppermost skin surface and easily cut out.

But one, on his left temple in 2000, was invasive melanoma, what doctors call an “intermediate risk” melanoma because of its thickness — 2.2 millimeters. McCain required delicate surgery to remove and examine lymph nodes that showed no sign of spread…

During his first presidential run, eight years ago, McCain disclosed hundreds of pages of records to reporters as he sought then to counter what aides called a “whisper campaign” questioning his mental fitness. In those records, medical personnel concluded that his years in prison, including solitary confinement, left him with no psychological wounds. Aides said McCain has had no mental evaluations in the past eight years and none was included in the documents.

This time, the AP examined the documents over several hours Thursday in a conference room of a resort just outside of Phoenix and a few miles from the posh Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, where McCain receives most of his medical care under a pseudonym — which the AP was asked not to disclose. Coincidentally, the release came the same week that McCain’s close friend, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, revealed that he had a cancerous brain tumor.

The documents include very personal details, such as the fact that he had earwax removed earlier this year and the dermatologist showed McCain’s wife, Cindy, how to monitor possibly suspicious skin spots hidden by his waistband. Though he’s known as temperamental, the doctors made a point of repeatedly writing in the documents that McCain was “pleasant.”

Also revealed: He has occasional momentary episodes of dizziness, when he gets up suddenly. McCain first told a doctor about them in 2000 — a visit that also uncovered the melanoma — and intense testing concluded they were harmless vertigo. He didn’t report any episodes at his most recent exam.

Mind you, Mr. McCain only “appears to be healthy.”

But now we know all about Mr. McCain’s ear wax. And his three (count ’em, THREE) bouts with melanoma.

As the article notes, we have yet to see Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton’s medical records.  Or, for that matter, Mr. Clinton’s.

All without one peep of protest from our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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