Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Football Great Jim Kelly Announces he has Cancer in His Upper Jaw

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News broke yesterday that NFL Hall of  Famer Jim Kelly is battling cancer of the upper jaw.
The is the second time this year a major sports figure of my generation as had to battle oral cancer.  The other was Tony Gwynn just a few months ago.  When you add to that the battle that has been fought by movie star Michael Douglas and it is easy to see that oral cancer is not some disease that is lurking in the shadows & in a rare problem.
For those of you who are a little younger than I am, Jim Kelly was one of the "Class of 83" quarterbacks.  The other 2 were John Elway and Dan Marino.  Needless to say those 3 guys were the gold standard for quarterbacks during the late 80's and early 90's.
While Jim Kelly never managed to win a Super Bowl, his Buffalo Bills did manage to make it to the "Big Game" 4 different times in the 90's.  Jim was known as a hard-nosed bought player, and now he'll need to bring all of that to bear in his fight against this disease.
Oral cancer is something that I look for everyday.  On average about 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year and disease kills about one person per hour.  
There are 3 high tech screening devices on the market and I truly feel that they give the doctor a better degree of visualization than the naked eye alone.  If you are a doctor, take a look at DOE Kit from Dentlilght, the Velscope Vx from LED Dental, and the Identafi from DentalEZ.  
There is a great article on Jim Kelly, a bit about his diagnosis, and some of the great things he's done for charity that you can read at USA Today.  Click here for the full article.  

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