ESPN anchor Stuart Scott on return of cancer: "I'm scared"
Stuart Scott of ESPN speaks onstage during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. / Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
BRISTOL, Conn. ESPN anchor Stuart Scott says his cancer has returned.
Scott announced on Twitter late Monday night that he would undergo chemotherapy every two weeks but would continue to work.
The "SportsCenter" host was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007, when an emergency appendectomy revealed a malignant tumor. He underwent chemotherapy again in 2011.
"I'm not going to lie, it's scary. It's a very scary thing," Scott told USA Today on Tuesday. "The immediate thought is I'm going to die."
Scott told USA Today that his main concern was for his two daughters: "There have been a lot of people who've said I'm courageous. I'm not. I'm scared. I've got to be around for them."
The 47-year-old Scott joined ESPN in 1993. He quickly became popular for signature phrases such as "Boo-yah!"
On Monday night Scott made the cancer announcement on his Twitter account:
Blessed by prayers..I'm back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I'll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG— Stuart Scott (@StuartScott) January 15, 2013
He also added: "Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!"
Dozens of athletes, including Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, tweeted words of encouragement to Scott. The ESPN anchor replied with his own words of support for RG3, who is recovering from knee ligament surgery:
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