Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a former star player for the Lakers, announced he had prostate cancer while writing about the health hazards Black people face.
In the lengthy post, he wrote for the medical website WebMD, which initially appeared on Wednesday, Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, gave no additional information regarding his diagnosis and illness.
It was the first time Abdul-Jabbar has discussed prostate cancer, according to a spokesman for him.
In 2008, Abdul-Jabbar, Aged 73, Was Identified as Having Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.
Abdul-Jabbar claimed that Black people were more likely to get cancer and heart issues in his essay titled “Black Lives Matter.” He mentioned his heart bypass operation.
According to him, “Being Black implies I’m more likely to get diabetes, heart issues, obesity, cancer, and a shorter life in general.” Yes, the life expectancy is less for tall people and Black people. I’ve had heart bypass surgery, leukemia, and prostate cancer thus far, all in keeping with these statistical risks.
On Saturday, May 30, 2020, demonstrators in Chicago were seen with signs and masks that read “I Can’t Breathe.” The demonstration was in response to George Floyd’s death. Nationwide demonstrations were held in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who passed away on May 25 after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers.
Because of his fame, fortune, and the employment of two of his sons in the medical field, Abdul-Jabbar stated that he has been able to obtain better care than many Black people. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated “exactly how poisonous the system is,” he added, for African Americans.
In contrast to the white population, the African American community has been attacked by the virus at a considerably greater and more damaging rate, the author noted. They also get the care that is of a poorer standard. Black people die at a rate that is 3.6 times greater than that of white people.
Abdul-Jabbar Urged Americans to Work for Black People’s Equity in Access to Physical and Mental Healthcare.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, a Los Angeles Lakers player, discusses the healthcare system.
According to WebMD, African Americans have the highest rate of obesity among all Americans. Additionally, this dramatically raises Blacks’ risk for hypertension, strokes, diabetes, and heart disease.
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Kareem said, ” I’ve had prostate cancer, leukemia, and heart bypass surgery. I’ve been fortunate because my celebrity has brought me enough financial security to receive excellent medical attention… No one wants an NBA legend dying on their watch. Imagine the Yelp reviews.”
“I’m also lucky that one of my sons is an orthopedic surgeon, and another is a hospital administrator… But while I’m grateful for my advantages, I’m acutely aware that many others in the Black community do not have the same options.”