Author: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former Gov. Ann Richards has cancer of the esophagus, a rare and often fatal disease in women, and will undergo treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, she announced Wednesday.
Richards, 72, went in for tests Monday and got the results Tuesday, spokesman Bill Maddox said. . . .
Maddox said she was diagnosed with squamus cell cancer, which is found in the upper area of the esophagus. . . .
Risk factors for esophageal cancer include long-term, heavy drinking of alcohol; tobacco use . . .
Richards has acknowledged getting treatment in 1980 for alcoholism and for once being a heavy smoker.