Former Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, writing about the health risks faced by Black people, has revealed that he had prostate cancer.
Abdul-Jabbar, the NBAs career scoring leader, provided no other details about his diagnosis and illness in the lengthy essay he wrote for the medical website WebMD, which first appeared Wednesday. A publicist for Abdul-Jabbar said it was the first time he has spoken about the prostate cancer.
Abdul-Jabbar, now 73, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2008.
In his essay, titled Black Lives Matter, Abdul-Jabbar wrote that Black people were at higher risk for heart problems and cancer. He noted that he has had heart bypass surgery.
Being Black means Im more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart problems, obesity, cancer, and a shorter life in general, he wrote. Yup, tall people and Black people have shorter life expectancies. So far, in keeping with these statistical risks, Ive had prostate cancer, leukemia, and heart bypass surgery.
Abdul-Jabbar acknowledged that he has been able to receive better care than many Black people, in part because of his celebrity and wealth, and ...