Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., acknowledges supporters, Thursday, May 15, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Fountain Hills, Ariz. (AP) Three-time melanoma survivor John McCain is apparently cancer-free and otherwise healthy.
The republican presidential candidate has allowed the Associated Press to review eight years of his medical records.
McCain turns 72 in august and his campaign is looking to squelch concerns that he'd be too old to serve as president.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. McCain had his close encounters with it in 1993, 2000 and again in 2002. But in a check-up this month, his doctor says she saw no “worrisome lesions.”
McCain had polyps removed from his colon in March. He also suffers from occasional bouts of dizziness, which repeated tests show is nothing more that harmless vertigo.
The Arizona senator also has good vital signs: his blood pressure is slightly higher than optimal at 134 over 84. And his cholesterol numbers are also in range: total cholesterol is 192, well below the worrisome level of 240.
McCain's internist describes his patient as “considerably younger than his chronological age based on his cardiovascular fitness.”