December 20, 2000
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Hey, stop pointing that laser at my eye! Wait, nevermind.
posted by gluechunk (8 comments total)
wow, this was the Seinfeld episode on tv last night! *freaky* ;-)
posted by justnobody at 12:54 PM on December 21, 2000

With the recent news that cell phones don't cause brain cancer, and now this, things are looking better and better for electromagnetic radiation every day.
posted by kindall at 1:52 PM on December 21, 2000

Each of the participants had previously been diagnosed with eye cancer and was scheduled to have their eyes removed in the near future.
Is the any part of our bodies that we don't get cancer in? The thought of having my eyes re-fucking-moved is so horrible. I think I'd rather stick my arm in a lawnmower than go through that.
What kind people those patients were to risk losing their eyesite, knowing there was only a finate amount of time they had left to look around.
posted by thirteen at 2:11 PM on December 21, 2000

No, there's basically no part of our bodies we don't get cancer in, because cancer is essentially the body's final failure mode, a result of the growth-regulating mechanisms breaking down. As an RN I know puts it, "Cancer is what you die of if you don't die of something else first."
posted by kindall at 4:58 PM on December 21, 2000

Good news, thirteen, sticking your arm in the lawnmower is the only known eye-cancer cure!
posted by rodii at 7:32 PM on December 21, 2000

I remember once reading that the lens of the eye is the only body part that you can't get cancer in.

Other parts of the eye, though, are fair game, and of course other things can go wrong with your lenses (getting cloudy, cataracts, etc).
posted by beth at 12:00 PM on December 22, 2000

I think that saying you can't get cancer of the lens of the eye is like saying you can't get cancer of the hair or cancer of the fingernails. In other words, if I remember correctly, the lenses of the eye aren't actually alive in the same way the rest of the eye (and most of the rest of our tissues) are. That is, they receive no blood supply, don't grow, etc. Hard to get cancer on a body part like that.
posted by kindall at 2:55 PM on December 22, 2000

Thats good to hear!

I used to work on lasers of this class and had them in my eyes many times.
posted by mutagen at 9:40 PM on December 23, 2000

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