The National Enquirer has reported that Steve Jobs has only six weeks to live based the paper’s analysis of photographs that purportedly show the Apple founder.
Even if the photographs are real, the estimate of how much time Jobs has left, or any speculation about his condition, is baseless.
Based on a photograph or even based of a videotape of someone giving a presentation on stage, it is impossible to make an estimation of someone’s life expectancy. It’s not even really possible to make those kinds of estimates after a real exam. I can’t look at someone’s picture and immediately say they’re sick.
Nor would extreme weight loss necessarily mean a bad prognosis if Jobs is being treated. Wasting occurs among people who are undergoing chemotherapy – even if the patient is going to get better. And it’s also not always possible to tell wasting from weight loss due to dieting or exercise, either.
- Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society
Post author: Daniel Semper