Hall of Fame Quarterback Diagnosed With Jaw Cancer

Credit: Buffalo Bills

Hall of Fame Quarterback Diagnosed With Jaw Cancer

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM EDT

A Hall of Fame quarterback has been diagnosed with cancer.

According to a report from Granite Broadcasting sister station WKBW in Buffalo, former Buffalo Bills football great Jim Kelly, 53, announced he has been diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma of the upper jaw bone.

According to a statement from Kelly posted on the Bills website:

“This past couple of weeks has been difficult for me and because of the nature of social media I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health. I was recently diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. I have undergone tests which have shown that the cancer is isolated to my upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of my body. Surgery is scheduled for June 7th and doctors have told me that the prognosis for my recovery is very good.

"With the excellent medical care that I will be receiving and the loving care of my wife Jill and my daughters Erin and Camryn and the support of my entire family and friends, I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kelly’s always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith.

"I want to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and would appreciate any prayers said for me and my family moving forward. May God continue to bless you and our family.”

About Squamous cell carcinoma

According to the Mayo Clinic, Squamous cell carcinoma is defined as a common form of skin cancer that develops in the thin, flat squamous cells that make up the outer layer of the skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive in some cases. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.

Most squamous cell carcinomas result from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from sunlight or from tanning beds or lamps. Avoiding UV light helps reduce your risk of squamous cell carcinoma and other forms of skin cancer.

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