Or is it? Every time I see Republican Presidential candidate John McCain I can’t help but notice the growth on his left cheek – his parotid gland (a salivary gland) appears to be enlarged, and no one in the media seems to be discussing this. A lot of parotid gland tumors are benign, but given McCain’s previous health woes (melanoma back in 2000) there may be reason to wonder if it’s something more serious.
Now, I understand there are certain health privacy concerns, but it seems to me that if you are running for President of the United States the people voting should have some guarantee that the candidate is healthy enough to survive 4+ grueling years in the White House. Choosing a strong running mate may prove more important for McCain compared to other candidates, because voters will have to decide whether they envision that VP as fit to run the country should McCain’s health deteriorate. He’s already 71 years old – add to that the significant injuries he received as a prisoner of war, the multiple bouts of a very deadly type of skin cancer, and now this possible parotid gland problem – he’s not the healthiest guy. People will be hesitant to vote for someone they see as old and sick (Bob Dole anyone?), which may be part of the reason why McCain’s camp has failed to discuss this facial growth. Still, I think the people have a right to know whether it is a benign, or something more serious.
To see pictures highlighting the changes in McCain’s left cheek, check out the blog “This Man Runs” – he’s an ENT doc who gives his own “television diagnosis” of the situation.