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Abdul-Jabbar reveals past prostate cancer diagnosis in essay

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Posted at 9:54 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 10:54:45-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar revealed he had prostate cancer in a magazine article he wrote about health risks faced by Black people.

The NBA’s career scoring leader provided no other details about that illness in the piece he wrote for WebMD that first appeared Wednesday.

A publicist for Abdul-Jabbar said this is the first time he has spoken publicly about his prostate cancer.

Abdul-Jabbar, now 73, had been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2008.

He writes that he’s been able to get better care than many Black people, in part because of his celebrity and also because two sons work in the health care profession.

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