Jim Kelly Diagnosed With Cancer of Upper Jaw Bone

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Jim Kelly Diagnosed With Cancer of Upper Jaw Bone

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) - In a statement posted to BuffaloBills.com, former Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly has announced he's been diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma: Cancer of the upper jaw bone.

Below is Kelly's statement:

“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.”

Eyewitness News will have more information as Kelly will address the media late Monday morning.