NFL Great Gene Upshaw Dies from Pancreatic Cancer

NFL Hall of Fame Guard Gene Upshaw lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday at his home in California with his family by his side.

ESPN is reporting that Upshaw, 63, was diagnosed with cancer on Sunday, only a few days prior to his death.

Upshaw’s wife, Terri, said that he had not being feeling well and had trouble breathing for about a week when she convinced him to go to the hospital on Sunday.

The 6’5’’ Upshaw joined the Oakland Raiders in 1967 as the team’s first-round pick, where he was played left guard for the following 15 seasons.

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent or test for pancreatic cancer, so that it can be caught in an early stage.

However, it is possible to decrease your risk for cancer by quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet balanced with fruits, vegetables and fiber.

If you or a loved one is fighting pancreatic cancer it can be helpful to talk to someone with the same struggles in person or in an online community.

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