Does Bush have Potentially Fatal Skin Cancer? Have Meds Affected His
2005, Mark G. Levey
of us have noted those sores that keep reappearing on W's face. They
may be evidence that Bush suffers from cancer. Those recurrent lesions
on his left cheek are in the area where he had cancerous growths
removed in 2001. This raises the question - is he being treated with
cancer drugs that might affect his judgment or cause him to lose
consciousness? Is he literally unfit for command? Read below.
January 13, 2002, George W. Bush lost consciousness. He was in the
White House, sitting on a couch, watching a football game at the time.He fell face forward onto the floor. This left an abrasion on
his left cheekboneand a bruised lower lip. The
official announcement was that Bush had been feeling unwell in
previous days, and had choked on an unchewed pretzel. The result was a
slowing in the President's heart rate, leading to a black-out. The
President was unconscious for a brief period. [Reuters.
Bush faints watching TV, doctor says he is fine. 13 January
2002, 8:50 PM ET.]
medical commentator points out, “The description suggests a
vaso-vagal attack . . . Interestingly, his father George H. W. Bush
also suffered a syncopal episode while President.” For a complete,
if unflattering, rundown of the President’s medical history, see,
was not mentioned in the news report was the fact that less than a
month earlier, Bush had undergone a second procedure in four months to
remove pre-cancerous skin lesions from his face. He had several such
growths removed five weeks before 9/11.
On August 4, 2001, three lesions were removed from Bush’s face using
liquid nitrogen. These were diagnosed as Actinic keratoses (AK),
pre-cancerous sun-induced skin lesions. [WashPost,
Mike Allen. “Bush found to be fit; 3
lesions removed.” 5 August 2001, page A16., cited in http
On December 14, 2001, Bush had four more skin lesions removed from his
face. This was unannounced until Bush appeared before cameras with
dark red spots on his upper right cheek. [WashPost, Mike Allen. “Bush faints while
eating a pretzel.”14 January 2002, page A1.
Dr. Zebra: “Commment: These are most likely actinic keratoses, as
were the lesions removed from his face in August 2001, or perhaps
basal cell carcinomas. . . Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, had a
similar procedure 8 months later” [Id.]
Question not posed by the Washington press corps, at the time rallying
around the President in the months following the 9/11 attack: Was
Bush’s loss of unconsciousness related to any medications he may be
taking to suppress a relapse of AK, or its progression into a
potentially fatal form of skin cancer?
Bush's recurrent facial bleeding suggests he has potentially fatal
carcinoma on his face. This raises another Big Question : what is he
being treated with? Some
chemotherapies, particularly interferon, have serious neuropsychiatric
side-effects, including cognitive slowing, memory impairment, and
Have the major media missed this fitness to command issue?
Actinic Keratoses or AK, are described by a cancer clinic as “flat,
superficial, crusty (keratotic) premalignant lesions which may develop
in areas exposed to the sun. They are most common in fair skinned
patients with a long history of solar exposure, especially on the
nose, forehead, ears, neck, and hands. Color may vary from red to
white to brown, depending on the thickness of crusty skin attached to
the lesion. Over time, AK may
enlarge, thicken, and gradually transition into squamous cell
carcinoma (SCC). Similar changes may be seen on the
mucosa of the lower lip, called actinic cheilitis. [emphasis
Actinic Keratoses are a precursor to a much more serious form of skin
cancer, Squamus cell carcinoma (SCC), that is fatal in about two
percent of diagnosed cases.About one-in-eight people
with multiple lesions will eventually develop SCC. Treated early,
this cancer is curable in a very high percentage of patients. Those
who progress later stages of the disease, however, often suffer
metasticization as the cells invade locally, spreading to other parts
of the body. “About 2% of skin SCCs ultimately lead to death,”
the clinic warns, “or about 2000 deaths per year in the
Bleeding sores that do not heal after treatment are a warning signal
that the condition has not been halted. ”AKs often remain
relatively unchanged for years, crusting, then shedding the crust,
leaving a reddish spot on which a crust eventually regrows. Over time, AKs may thicken, itch, and
occasionally bleed, all signs suggestive of transition to SCC. The
risk of a given untreated AK becoming cancerous is about 1 in
50-however, because most patients have numerous lesions, about15% of patients with AK will eventually develop invasive squamous
cell carcinoma. Fortunately, actinically
induced SCC is generally slow growing and rarely spreads unless it is
topical cream is commonly prescribed for removal of AKK growths.
Efudex may be used in combination with surgical removal of Individual
lesions with liquid nitrogen spray. “Curettage (scraping),
dermabrasion and deep chemical peels have also been used on individual
lesions and larger areas of involvement. The most precise treatment
method involves selective vaporization with the CO2 laser. There have
been reports of laser resurfacing of entire areas of involvement with
better results than other methods.”
The President is in outstanding health and is fit for duty. All data
suggest that he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency.
Based on an overview of his examination and history the following
clinical diagnoses are made:
1. The President is in the top 2% of men his age in cardiovascular
fitness. This fitness level would place him in the Excellent category
for men 40-44 and
Superior range for men 45 and older.
He is stratified to a very low coronary risk profile.
2. Mild high frequency hearing loss unchanged from previous
3. Mild hyperopic astigmatism/presbyopia fully correctable.
Reading glasses to be used
on an as needed basis.
4. Symptoms suggestive of seasonal allergic rhinitis, currently
5. Actinic keratoses, treated.
6. History of benign colonic adenomas. Follow-up surveillance
colonoscopy is recommended next year.
7. History of activity-related musculoskeletal injuries without
limitations. Knee imaging studies showed changes consistent with
previous knee surgery, age, and activity.”
This raises the specific question, after seven lesions were removed
with nitrogen, has W received treatment with Efudex? Could the
continued bleeding at the site be a cosmetic side-effect of that
medication? What follow-up treatment or medication has
the President received?
San Francisco medical
school reports as follows:
Bush Sr. is treated for precancerous growths
So we haven't scared you enough? Try this unretouched AP image of
former President Herbert Walker Bush. He's midway through a round of
golf, circa summer 2002. He's also midway through a standard treatment
course with a topical chemotherapy cream that causes precancerous
bumps to turn red and flake off. Known as Efudex, it is a step that is
not taken lightly. After a few weeks of appearing scabby and feeling
crabby, this rigorous treatment can clear away scores of sun damaged
cells. But how 'bout an ounce of prevention? Hopefully we've scared
you straight...to sunscreen.
apparent, Efudex caused Bush Sr. massive facial ulceration. The
immediate treatment results were very different from W's localized
bleeding at the upper cheek, site of the nitrogen AK removal.
Efudex is a powerful chemotherapeutic drug. It can have noted
mood-affecting side-effects, as described by an authoritative
The most frequent adverse reactions to Efudex occur locally and
are often related to an extension of the pharmacological activity
of the drug. These include burning, crusting, allergic contact
dermatitis, erosions, erythema, hyperpigmentation, irritation,
pain, photosensitivity, pruritus, scarring, rash, soreness and
ulceration . . .
Although a causal relationship is remote, other adverse reactions
which have been reported infrequently are:
Central Nervous System: Emotional upset, insomnia, irritability
brings us to our final questions:
WHY ARE THE "PRE-CANCEROUS" LESIONS ON THE FACE OF PRESIDENT
GEORGE W. BUSH CONTINUING TO BLEED? IS HE BEING TREATED FOR A
CARCINOMA? IF HE’S BLEEDING DUE TO THE APPLICATION OF
ANTI-CANCER MEDICATIONS, DO THESE DRUGS HAVE POTENTIAL