BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The office of Jack Kemp said the former housing secretary, congressman and Buffalo Bills quarterback has been diagnosed with cancer.
A statement issued Wednesday in Buffalo says Kemp is undergoing tests to assess the origin of the disease and the best treatment.
The statement did not address the type of cancer.
The 73-year-old Kemp says he will continue to serve as chairman of his Washington-based Kemp Partners consulting firm and will remain involved in charitable and political work.
After his football career, Kemp represented western New York for nine terms in Congress.
He ran unsuccessfully for president in 1988, then later was President George H.W. Bush's housing secretary, and ran for vice president as Bob Dole's running mate.
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