In a horrible example of sportsmanlike conduct, Kevin Garnett called Charlie Villanueva a “cancer patient” during a pro basketball game between the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, mocking the fact Villanueva has alopecia universalis, a condition that results in the complete loss of hair on the body. Here we are telling our kids not to bully others, and grown men who are being paid millions are doing it! Villanueva tweeted about his disgust with Garnett: “KG called me a cancer patient, I’m pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.”
So how does one get alopecia and how is it treated?
–The cause is unknown although one-fifth of those afflicted have a family history.
–There are different forms of alopecia. Sufferers might lose only patches of head hair; some lose their entire head of hair, and others, like Villaneuva, lose all the hair on their body.
–While it can’t “cured,” treatment options for alopecia, depending on severity, can include anti-inflammatory drugs, rogaine and steroid injections.
So what did you think of Garnett’s comment?