McCain's Health Under the Microscope

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 8:35pm.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's health has become a frequent campaign issue given his age and life experiences, analysts say.

The Arizona senator had surgery to remove skin cancer after losing the Republican presidential nomination to George W. Bush in 2000. The Stage 2A melanoma McCain had removed is an invasive form of skin cancer that claims the lives of up to 34 percent of those diagnosed within 10 years, Time magazine reported.

When McCain's Navy jet was shot down over Vietnam in 1967, he broke both his arms and his right leg. He was stabbed twice by a bayonet, had his shoulder smashed by a rifle butt and endured five and a half years of captivity -- an experience that left him unable to raise either arm more than 80 degrees.

After his release in Vietnam, McCain was evaluated by Navy psychiatrists who determined he had an "overdeveloped superego" and an "unrealistically high" need for achievement, two characteristics common among presidential candidates, Time said.

If McCain, 71, were to win in November, he would become the oldest first-term president in U.S. history. By comparison, if Democrat Barack Obama is elected, at 46 the Illinois senator would become the fifth-youngest president ever.

UPI - May 15, 2008 - postd at

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 8:35pm.