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Monday, 03 June 2013 13:43

Bills Legend Jim Kelly Diagnosed with Cancer

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NFL Hall of Famer and Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer of the jaw and will undergo surgery at the end of the week.

Kelly has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, usually a common form of skin cancer, and tests revealed that the cancer has not spread and has stayed isolated in his jaw. Kelly's doctors have told him that his prognosis is very good for recovery.

Kelly announced that he had cancer right before his foundation's celebrity golf tournament this morning. Kelly said,

"The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me 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."

Before the news, Kelly had canceled a scheduled appearance at a youth sports foundation in South Dakota and Kelly's wife, Jill, posted a message on imgur.com that the Kelly family is going through a "more serious battle under our roof".

Kelly had surgery to remove a cyst from his gums and nasal cavity that Kelly said has about the "size of a nickel". In order to perform the surgery, doctors needed to remove Kelly's front teeth.

Kelly had spent 11 seasons with the Buffalo Bills setting nearly every team passing record and made four straight appearances in the Super Bowl, losing each time. Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and in 20 career starts against the New England Patriots, Kelly went 12-8 including five straight wins from 1992-1994 and threw 29 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.