John McCain was re-elected to the Senate in 2010 for another 6 years. If he was able to serve for the entire 6-year term he would be 80 years old at the end of the term. In 2008 we were worried about whether he would stay healthy long enough to serve for four years as President. He had a history of skin cancer. The particular type of cancer he had was known to be one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Dr. John Alam, a physician with 17 years of clinical research as a biotechnological consultant estimated that McCain had a 6% risk of dying of a melanoma recurrence every year during the four years after the election of 2008. He concluded the McCain had a 1 in 5 chance he wouldn’t survive his first term. Some physicians who were Obama supporters have his as high as a 60% chance of relapse between 2008 and 2012.
Here is a video with a close up view of the scar on his left cheek.
There was also the event during the campaign where it appeared McCain had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) while on camera.
A transient ischemic attack occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. A person suffering a TIA will have stroke-like symptoms for up to 24 hours, but in most cases 1-2 hours. A TIA is thought to be a warning sign that a true stoke may happen in the near future if something is not done to prevent it. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001743/. Both the unusual facial changes and the apparent confusion about where he was after the extremely short speech would be an indication of a TIA.
The video tape that documented this apparent problem occurred on 10-02-08. Just days before this, on Sept. 24, 2008, McCain mysteriously “suspended” his campaign. McCain’s stated reason for the suspension was the economy, but the coincidence is striking.
More than four years has passed since the election of 2008. McCain is now 76 years old. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCain The average life expectancy for a man in the United States is 75.35. Thus John McCain has already lived longer than the average man without a history of melanoma.
Of particular concern was the video of McCain during his cross examination of Chuck Hagel. Watch the video, and try not to focus on what McCain is saying, but how he is saying it, and the difficulty he is having articulating his words.
Thus there should be a real concern that McCain won’t be able to finish his complete term of 6 years and a mid term election may be needed. One of the people commenting on this blog, Shawn’s MOM, has indicated that Sarah Palin has changed her residency status. We know she has a home in Arizona, so she could easily claim Arizona as her domicile, and run for McCain’s Senate Seat in a Mid-term election. That’s a frightening thought!