It was a heavy day for health coverage, as pain pills were followed by news that First Lady Laura Bush had a minor skin cancer removed from her shin. CBS was the only network to cover the tiff at the White House about whether it was appropriate to keep mum about the procedure. Jim Axelrod (no link) explained the Bush line: "This was not Nancy Reagan's or Betty Ford's breast cancer--but a smaller private medical matter, more like the 'flu."
All three networks followed up with the FAQs of skin cancer. ABC's John McKenzie (subscription required) reassured us that her squamous cell was "not as serious as a melanoma." Such cells, caused by skin damage from the sun, are diagnosed 200,000 times a year yet end up killing only 2,000.
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