This afternoon I was chatting with a Pharma friend via IM when she sent me a surprise link:
Michael Douglas to Undergo Chemo for Tumor in Throat Cancer
Oof, he was one of my favourite actors growing up as a child – I just loved the Streets of San Francisco! He also made Gordon Gekko famous in Wall Street.
There's a lot of throat cancer in the news lately. The most recent was Alex Higgins, the incredible Irish snooker player who was a truly sensational player from my childhood.
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Michael Douglas has throat cancer?
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We all know that long term exposure to chemical insults and carcinogens from smoking and alcohol can act as irritants, leading to biochemical changes that can induce the development of hyperplasia, and potentially, carcinomas.
Over the weekend I was shocked to learn that Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, former World Snooker Champion, had passed away aged 61 from throat cancer. He was an incredible talent who will be sadly missed and remembered for many years to come.
I wrote a bit more about it here: be warned though, the before and after photos are rather distressing
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