Kareem Abdul Jabbar: 'I Have Cancer'

Basketball all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced that he has cancer on Tuesday November 10. Abdul-Jabbar chose to come out about his disease in hopes of educating the public on his disease, chronic myeloid leukemia.
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 10, 2009
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Basketball all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced that he has cancer on Tuesday November 10. The 62-year-old former LA Lakers center told CNN, “I have chronic myeloid leukemia.”

Abdul-Jabbar chose to come out about his disease in hopes of educating the public on CML. He’s working with pharmaceutical company Novartis on an educational campaign, launching a Facebook page–Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Patient Advocate–to circulate information.

According to the National Cancer Institute, CML is a “slowly progressive disease in which too many white blood cells are made in bone marrow.” The 7-foot-2 b-ball legend says the disease has not greatly altered his lifestyle.

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