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Tumor[edit source]

Removed unsourced speculation about Genghis Khan having an adrenal tumor. Such tumors are very rare and malignant in at least half of cases, and not necessary to explain his accomplishments. See this study for details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14668717 Makes the lede too long in any case. Altmark22 (talk) 17:17, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

The observation that Genghis possibly could not have had a tumor is speculation as well. Rarity does not mean impossibility, and helpful tumors are common enough for their to be a whole list of notable people, that have them[edit source]

This is for acromegaly, onset of gigantism in adulthood vs childhood. Much better life outcome. Common among pro boxers and wrestlers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly#Notable_people

Still on the adrenal tumor page there is no notable people, maybe because the appearance changes are not as drastic? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrenal_tumor

A speculation section would be cool. The man's life was pretty abnormal to say the least.

Mikey (talk) 17:41, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

Mikey (talk) 17:41, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

To paraphrase Carl Sagan, extraordinary claims, while not necessarily requiring extraordinary evidence (in this case), should have at least some evidence to support them. Never heard anything about him having a tumor of any kind, or anything that suggests this. Don't think his accomplishments require supra-physiological T levels to be explained. As to your second point, from what I gather (may be wrong), adrenal tumors that result in excess testosterone production are generally only considered symptomatic in women, if they are benign tumors. Speculation section at the bottom would be fine. Altmark22 (talk) 17:51, 8 December 2019 (UTC)
There is a very tenuous Genghis Khan/tumor link though, lol. Apparently 40% of the cast and crew of this 1956 film ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conqueror_(1956_film), regarding his life later died of cancer within 30 years, perhaps brought on by nuclear testing near the film site.Altmark22 (talk) 17:58, 8 December 2019 (UTC)