Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Have a closer look at your partner

Four eyes see more than two. This old wisdom came to my mind when I found this study about diagnosis and survival of married and single persons with melanoma: Skin cancers in married persons are more likely to be detected in an earlier stage and survival odds are better than in widowed persons.

Of course, marital status is not the point here. The point is a close relationship, increasing the odds of a skin cancer to be detected by a vigilant partner. Maybe vigilant is not the apt word: Caressing, loving, tenderness may be better.

After all, a couple is not a health police team. Good love and good sex have their own value, making us enjoy life, giving pleasure, and the better chance of detecting a skin cancer is just a little bonus that we should not miss.

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