Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reveals That He Has Rare Form of Leukemia

Former NBA great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has revealed that he has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. The good news is that the prognosis is encouraging.

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukemia, he told The Associated Press on Monday.

The 62-year-old Abdul-Jabbar said his doctor didn’t give any guarantees, but informed him: “You have a very good chance to live your life out and not have to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle.”

Citing the way Los Angeles Lakers teammate Magic Johnson brought awareness to HIV, Abdul-Jabbar said he wants to do the same for his form of blood cancer, which can be fatal if left untreated.

“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.”

Fight on, Kareem.

Abdul-Jabbar has rare form of leukemia (ESPN)

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