Former Baseball Star Tony Gwynn Diagnosed with Cancer

by: cancercompass

Although he hasn't discussed it with his doctors, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn believes his "dipping" or chewing tobacco habit is related to his recent salivary gland cancer diagnosis.

However, according to a recent ESPN.com article, a head and neck specialist states that no studies have linked salivary gland cancer to chewing tobacco. Chewing tobacco is banned in minor league baseball. However, it's still permissible in the majors.

"They say this is a slow-moving but aggressive form of cancer," Gwynn told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I'm going to be aggressive and not slow-moving in treating this."

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