The melanomas removed in 2000 were Stage IIa. Stage IV is the most serious category. Survival rate for State IIa melanomas 10 years after diagnosis is 65 percent. The longer the patient survives, the better the prognosis becomes. Because McCain has survived more than five years already, the likelihood of the cancer's return has fallen to 14 percent, and the incidence of death is projected at 9 percent.
These seems to debunk some of the information in the previous video (See: scary death charts in video). While almost a 1 in 10 chance of dying is somewhat disturbing, I was under the impression his chances weren't even that good. Also, one must consider that the President gets slightly better medical attention than the average Joe.
More to come.
Another interesting tidbit--in 2000, he released 1500 pages of information going back to his release from the Hanoi Hilton. This year, he released almost 1200 more pages. How the heck does this guy collect so much data in 8 years? The press said 1500 in 2000 was a bit excessive, but given his history as a POW, I can completely understand why there might be more than the average candidate. But 1200 pages in 8 years? It seems like a lot. Whether there is actually that much (which would concern me) or it's bulky to bury something important (which would concern me), I think I'd just feel better if he let investigative reporters do their job, spend one day answering questions, and move on.
Then again, with the clock ticking down, I'm sure John feels there are better ways to spend a day. He should have done this when Obama was still battling Hillary.