The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1986 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 19, 1986
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Nation/World The Salina Journal Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 5 Doctors determine Reagan's growths were not cancerous WASHINGTON (AP)- Three small polyps removed from President Reagan's colon during a post-cancer surgery checkup were found to be benign along with a sample of skin taken from a bump on his face, the White House said Saturday. The president, resting over the weekend at his Camp David, Md., retreat, was given the results of the tests by his personal physician, Dr. T. Burton Smith, according to White House spokesman Albert Brashear. On Saturday, Reagan kept to his normal schedule and delivered his weekly radio address from the presidential retreat. The president, his wife Nancy, and their dog Rex flew to the Catoctin Mountain retreat Reagan Friday evening after the president's six-hour visit to the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The 74-year-old president underwent the first examination of his colon since his successful cancer surgery in July. Blood tests, X-rays, and a CAT scan also were done. The White House issued a terse, two- sentence statement Saturday on the results of the president's medical tests. "Final laboratory evaluation on the three intestinal polyps and facial tissue removed from the president yesterday has been completed and all are benign. The President was informed of the results by his physician at Camp David this morning," the statement said. Brashear, asked for more detail, refused comment.' 'I can not and will not elaborate on the statement," he said. Asked for Reagan's reaction to the apparent clean bill of health, the spokesman said, "He's fine. We expected nothing less." The spokesman said no further details on the president's health or checkup would be forthcoming. Reagan was expected to remain secluded at Camp David until Monday, a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. The statement issued by the White House did not state how the results were obtained or who performed the tests. Although it did not state which physician discussed the checkup with Reagan, Brashear checked and said Smith had spoken with the president. On Friday, the White House had issued a brief statement saying that initial tests had shown that three "very small" polyps were removed and had been evaluated as "clinically benign." After a two-inch cancerous tumor and a two-foot section of Reagan's colon were removed in July, Reagan's physicians recom- mended that he undergo regular tests to be sure that there is no recurrence of the cancer. Cancer specialists don't regard cancer patients as cured until they have survived five years without a recurrence. The president had a patch of skin cancer removed from his nose last summer, which was unrelated to his colon cancer. The three new growths were taken from Reagan's colon in a non-surgical procedure known as a colonoscopy. The blood tests, X- rays and CAT scan — which provides highly detailed and accurate pictures of the brain, lungs, pancreas, kidneys and other organs — are used to detect whether any new tumors are forming. In it's statement on Friday, the White House said that all other test results and examinations were normal and revealed no evidence of any disease. A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a long, flexible tube is inserted in the rectum and guided through the organ by remote control. A tiny wire snare is located at the end of the device to lasso growths and clip them off. The wound is sealed with a coagulating electrical current that runs through the wire. The three growths discovered in Reagan's colon were polyps, one to two millimeters in size. The vast majority of polyps — which are fleshy growths — are benign. They rarely cause discomfort or illness, but some polyps — doctors cannot predict which ones — develop into colon cancer, which is among the most common and the most deadly forms of the disease. Each year, colon cancer kills 60,000 Americans. "Polyps, if left to their own devices, might grow to be cancerous," said Dr. Stan Benjamin, director of gastroenterology at Georgetown University Hospital. South Yemen fighting stops rescue operation By The Associated Press Fierce fighting Saturday between warring Marxist factions in South Yemen forced Soviet, British and French ships to abandon their efforts to rescue foreigners and retreat from the port of Aden, the capital, diplomats reported. An Israeli short- wave radio moni-i tor in Tel Aviv said President AH Nasser Mohammed flew from Aden to Marxist- ruled Ethiopia on Saturday in his 'personal airplane. Mohammed Persian Gulf shipping executives had said earlier that Mohammed was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt Monday when the revolt began. • Diplomats said fighting intensified Saturday between military units loyal to the president and radicals opposed to Mohammed's reported plans to liberalize the economy and • improve relations with pro-Western Arab countries. The Bahrain-based Gulf News • Agency said as many as 9,000 people • had been killed or wounded in Aden 'alone and there also was fighting in 'the north of this small country on the ' southeastern coast of the Red Sea. It : attributed its report to official sources in San'a, the capital of North 'Yemen. South Yemen has a population of about 2 million. Israeli radio monitor Mickey ' Gurdus said Mohammed's plane was allowed to land at the airport at Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. 1 This was only after the pilot told the ' control tower his passenger was the president and identified the plane as " South Yemen 001, Mohammed's 'personal aircraft. There was no independent con• firmation of the landing or that • Mohammed was aboard the plane. The aircraft was turned away the first time it approached Addis Ababa because the airport control tower said it would take three hours to get " authorization for the pilot to land, according to Gurdus, who said he monitored the conversation. It flew to San'a where it landed and then received clearance and returned to the Ethiopian capital, about 90 minutes away, arriving shortly before 10 p.m. (3 p.m. EST), Gurdus " said. ' North Yemen and Ethiopia are separated by the 30-mile wide Red Sea channel of Bab al Mandab. Gurdus is a private citizen with long experience monitoring the Arab world by short-wave radio. Diplomats reported that troops loyal to Mohammed were advancing on rebel strongholds in the northern province of Lahej Saturday. '' "The situation in Aden has suddenly worsened, and the evacuation (of foreigners) had to be interrupted," said an Arab diplomat in contact with his country's mission in the South Yemeni capital. Soviet and Western European citizens fled pick-up points on beaches as renewed fighting broke out, Western and Arab diplomatic sources said. The refugees were believed to have sought shelter in the Soviet Embassy compound, they said. The Soviet Union, which signed a 20-year friendship treaty with South Yemen in 1979 and has important bases in Aden and nearby Socotra Island, coordinated the initial evacuation of Soviet, British, French, West German and Italian dependents, the sources said. The Soviets reportedly tried to bring the warring factions together for peace talks, but the Kuwait News Agency said Friday the talks failed because Mohammed insisted all coup leaders be exiled. South Yemen is the only avowedly Marxist nation in the Middle East. In London, British Broadcasting Corp. radio said Queen Elizabeth II's royal yacht Britannia was carrying 300 people of 25 nationalities rescued Friday and at dawn Saturday to Djibouti, an east African country 160 miles away. A British Defense Ministry spokesman said that at dawn Saturday, small boats from the queen's yacht picked up people from a beach east of Aden, where 140 people had been rescued the previous evening. IT'S NOT TOO LATE! IT'S TIME 3T FOR SUCCESS If your future is important to you, you need to be at Brown Mackie College on Monday! MONDAY. JAN. 20th IS THE LAST DAY TO ; UNROLL F6R TIU WINTEE'IHEEM! CLASSES, BMC ~- -~ "We Believe In You" THE BROWN MACKIE COLLEGE 126 South Santa Fe Salina, Kansas 67401 Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges .Approved Veterans Training CALL NOW TO CHANGE YOUR FUTURE! 825-5422 or 1-800432-0270 At last — hard-luck shuttle makes it home EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The space shuttle Columbia ended its hard-luck mission Saturday with a faultless predawn touchdown in the California desert, two days late and a continent away from its intended landing site. After a record seven launch postponements and three wave-offs from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it was supposed to have landed Thursday, the shuttle landed about 8 a.m. CST on a floodlit concrete runway in the Mojave Desert. Florida had been the target again Saturday, but a threat of rain for a third straight day forced shuttle commander Robert Gibson to keep the ship in orbit for an extra swing around the Earth for the California landing. "Columbia performed magnificently," said Jesse Moore, who administers the shuttle program for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Moore said the refurbished Columbia, which 'was out of service for two years for overhaul, suffered no ill effects from the six-day voyage. The seven-memeber crew, including former Salinan Steve Hawley, appeared to be in good condition. An initial inspection showed the shuttle suffered minimal damage, only losing about a dozen heat- resistant tiles on re-entry. Despite the failure of a device that was to enhance photographs of Halley's comet and of some of the mission's experiments, Moore said the mission achieved 90 percent of its objectives. "It sure took us a number of tries to get up and a number of tries to get down, but it surely was worth it," Gibson said. In an interview on his return to Houston on Saturday, astronaut George Nelson, the astronomer who tried taking pictures of the comet, said neither he nor his colleague Steve Hawley could see the comet because it has gotten too close to the sun from the perspective of space, obscuring the comet's light. "Steve and I knew right where to look and we used binoculars but neither one of us could see it," he said. Hawley is a former Salinan. When the next shuttle, Challenger, takes off Jan. 25 carrying Christa McAufliffe of Concorde, N.H., the teacher selected to go into space, the comet will be even closer to the sun. "They won't be able to see it all," said Nelson, an astronomer. Columbia's crew included Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., flying as a congressional observer. "To see this magnificent flying machine and experience how this is all integrated ... is a story I can take back to Congress," Nelson said before leaving with the rest of the crew for Johnson Space Center in Houston. 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