Friday, January 30, 2015

Touch 'Em All: Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

Curt Schilling said he's been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on using chewing tobacco for about 30 years.

Schilling discussed details on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. The former Red Sox and Phillies righthander announced in February that he had cancer but had not disclosed what kind. He has said he is in remission after seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and has lost 75 pounds.

"I'm not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing," he said. "It was an addictive habit. I can think about so many times in my life when it was so relaxing to just sit back and have a dip and do whatever.

"And I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part. I had gum issues, they bled, all this other stuff. None of it was enough to ever make me quit."

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