Bills great Jim Kelly diagnosed with jaw cancer

Jun 3, 2013

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has confirmed that he has cancer.

According to a statement released through the Buffalo Bills, Kelly has been diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma of the upper jaw bone. Kelly says that he is scheduled for surgery on June 7 and the prognosis for his recovery is good.

Jim Kelly spoke to reporters in Batavia Monday about his cancer diagnosis.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Kelly issued the following statement through the Bills Monday morning:

“This past couple of weeks has been difficult for me and because of the nature of social media I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health. I was recently diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. I have undergone tests which have shown that the cancer is isolated to my upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of my body. Surgery is scheduled for June 7th and doctors have told me that the prognosis for my recovery is very good.

With the excellent medical care that I will be receiving and the loving care of my wife Jill and my daughters Erin and Camryn and the support of my entire family and friends, I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kelly’s always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith.

I want to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and would appreciate any prayers said for me and my family moving forward. May God continue to bless you and our family.”

The 27th annual Jim Kelly  charity golf tournament is taking place Monday in Batavia.