In August 2014, former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling announced that he had successfully undergone treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, commonly known as mouth cancer. During his announcement, Schilling stated that his cancer was currently in remission, as tests had detected that he was no longer suffering from it.Continue Reading
Although his doctors could not fully prove it was the case, Schilling believes that using chewing tobacco was the primary cause of his cancer. Before being diagnosed with mouth cancer, Schilling had been using chewing tobacco for more than 30 years.
During his announcement, Schilling stated that the subsequent radiation treatments that he underwent to treat the cancer basically destroyed his salivary glands, while also causing him to lose approximately 75 pounds. He also said that the cancer caused him to almost entirely lose his sense of taste and sense of smell, while also leading to many gum and tooth issues, such as frequent bleeding. As a result of his radiation treatments, Schilling's salivary glands can no longer produce enough saliva, which has led to him having many issues swallowing food. For this reason, he now has to drink various meal replacement supplements in order to get the required amount of nutrition.Learn more about Athletes