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Schilling: Tobacco gave me cancer

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:50 pm

Schilling: Tobacco gave me cancer

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling revealed Wednesday for the first time the type of cancer he was battling -- squamous cell carcinoma, a type of mouth cancer -- and detailed the painful treatment and recovery process that caused him to lose 75 pounds. Telling his story for the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Wednesday morning, Schilling said he believes that a 30-year habit of chewing tobacco is what caused the cancer. "I do believe, without a doubt, unquestionably that chewing was what gave me cancer," he said. "I'm not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing."...

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Re: Schilling: Tobacco gave me cancer

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:57 pm

"I got chemo and radiation for [seven] weeks, and I came back to my room and my family was sitting there and I thought, 'You know what, this could be so much worse. This could be one of my kids,'" Schilling said. "I'm the one guy in this family that can handle this. From that perspective, I've never said 'Why me?' and I never will.


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Re: Schilling: Tobacco gave me cancer

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:01 pm

Farrell: Tobacco 'a norm in baseball culture'

BOSTON -- Curt Schilling's appearance Wednesday on the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund telethon, in which he disclosed he had squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth, led to Red Sox manager John Farrell addressing the use of smokeless tobacco in baseball during his media session Wednesday afternoon. Schilling, who said his cancer is in remission, said he would "go to his grave" believing that his decades-long use of smokeless tobacco led to his condition. Dana-Farber medical oncologist Dr. Robert Haddad, who joined Schilling during his appearance on the "Dennis and Callahan Show," said there is no debate over the risk of cancer that smokeless tobacco poses...

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