This election, skin is in

While browsing earlier today, I found blogger Darryle Pollack’s opinion on why John McCain shouldn’t be president.  No surprise there; it’s a political blog and political bloggers tend to have strong opinions.  But her post didn’t have anything to do with her political stance, or McCain’s platforms, or even a recent scandal.  The reason McCain should not be elected, she said, is because he was diagnosed with melanoma in the past. 

Although her argument is a fair one, I disagree.  According to,      

“The chance of getting melanoma increases as you get older, but people of any age can get melanoma. In fact, melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults. Each year, more than 50,000 people in the U.S. learn that they have melanoma…If melanoma is found and treated in its early stages, the chances of recovery are very good.”

As with any disease, the key is prevention.  Something tells me that McCain is equipped with competent doctors that are probably more in tune with his body than he is, so I doubt the spread of his melanoma is a major issue.  I might not agree with McCain’s politics, but at the same time I don’t believe his past bouts with melanoma should be what holds him back in the election.   

On that note, the September issue of the Archives of Dermatology states that estradiol, an estrogen cream, is ineffective at repairing skin that has aged as a result of sun damage.  The cream was going to be used to treat damaged skin on the hands, face and neck.  But because these areas are the places most exposed to harmful UV rays, the cream is unfortunately unable to generate collagen in those areas.

Please, people, wear sunscreen!  If you can practice safe sex, you can practice safe sun.

If it can happen to a potential president, it can happen to you.

If it can happen to a potential president, it can happen to you.

~ by Stephanie Dunn on September 17, 2008.

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