Schilling Says Cancer Was Caused by Smokeless Tobacco

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We knew that Curt Schilling had battled cancer during the last year[1]. What we didn’t know was what kind and why.

That changed during an interview with a Boston radio station Wednesday: Schilling, a pitcher on the wild 1993 National League champion Phillies, said that he had had oral cancer, probably caused by 30 years of smokeless tobacco use.

MLB.com reports:[2]

“It’s a dangerously addictive habit that I wish I had never done,” Schilling said.

Schilling had a heart attack in 2011 and required surgery to place a stent in one of his arteries, and he told WEEI on Wednesday that he has lost 75 pounds during his bout with cancer.

“I am in remission,” Schilling said. “[However], I don’t have any salivary glands. I can’t taste anything and I can’t smell anything.”

Commissioner Bud Selig said MLB may take up the issue of tobacco use with players during the next round of talks on the collective bargaining agreement.

Endnotes:
  1. had battled cancer during the last year: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/06/25/schilling-says-cancer-remission/
  2. MLB.com reports:: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/phi/curt-schilling-says-tobacco-caused-oral-cancer?ymd=20140820&content_id=90539020&vkey=news_phi

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