Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Florida Update

After years of caring for patients with malignant melanoma it is hard to avoid ruminating on this disease as I repose under the rays of old Sol. I have always considered melanoma to be the most inhumane of cancers because of its relentless attacks on any and all organs.

Thus the tubes of 30-spf and 50-spf that lie scattered about our hotel room. Is an oncologist a hypocrite if he tans? I certainly wouldn't want to be placed in the same catagory of those cancer docs who smoke cigarettes (they do exist, you know, thereby demonstrating that those college lectures in Psych 101 on cognitive dissonance were not just fluff).

I suppose the twin mantras of "protection" and "moderation", if followed judiciously, justify succumbing to the supine position for a sunshine slumber.

Signing off for now,
The Pale Oncologist


At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's better to be the Pale Oncologist, than the Hypocritical Oncologist.

Relax and enjoy your nap in the sunshine....

~Anon G

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone dies of something..sometime. I'd rather be out in the sun, with my sunscreen on, enjoying it's warmth..vitamin D creating capabilities, and the psycological happiness I receive from it, than avoiding it at all costs like it's a highly contagious leper or something. I have big time allergies too, but I'm not going to 'stay inside' and live a quasi sterile life to avoid the allergy issues either. Having said all of that, what difference does it make in the end, of 'what' a person dies from? It's as if there are good dead people and those 'awful people who died from Cancer, euuu!'. Live life. Moderation is good, if you want a longer life. If you are not concerned with the total number of years, but with a quality factor, then so be it.
It isn't like it goes on your permanant record! ;-)

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Than0 said...

Well, nonetheless... trust me, one doesn't actually want to rush cancer into one's life. That being said, I am nonetheless a major appreciator of our system's star and recommend that, after judicious application of SPF-488 or some similar protection, you gallivant in its warmth and life-giving rays.

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Internal Medicine Doctor said...

fun in the sun.
Just what the doctor ordered

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