Lakers legend and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reveals that he is being treated for a rare form of leukemia. Read more on Kareem’s revealing interview with the Associated Press below.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar revealed he has Philadelphia chromosome-postive chronic myeloid leukemia, which is a rare form of the cancerous blood condition that impacts blood and bone marrow.
Kareem found out about having leukemia almost a year ago but didn’t go public with the news until today.
“The word ‘leukemia’ is a very frightening word,” he said in a phone interview from New York. “In many instances, it’s a killer and it’s something that you have to deal with in a very serious and determined way if you’re going to beat it.”
Although his condition sounds very scary, Kareem’s long-term prognosis is considered positive and he has responded well to treatment.
Kareem wanted to go public with the information to raise public awareness.
“I’ve never been a person to share my private life. But I can help save lives,” he said at a midtown Manhattan conference room. “It’s incumbent on someone like me to talk about this.”
Jabbar said he learned he had the disease when he started having hot flashes last year and had blood work done.
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