My first thought was "wow, that sounds serious" and anytime you see the 'C" word next to the someone's name you tend to think of it in terms of the worst case scenario. From what I can gather the survival rate for this form of cancer, which is said to be the second most common type of skin cancer, is upwards of 95%. That's great news when you consider the reality that a ridiculously high percentage of people either don't properly take care of themselves (in consultation with a physician) or don't have the resources to do so. Given Jim's recent neck, back and hernia issues obviously he has been under a physicians care and I would imagine this was caught earlier than later just based on the fact he's been so active treating his other health issues. I'd imagine his chance of survival is probably much greater than 95% given the resources at his disposal as well. I'm imaging a positive outcome for Jim Kelly.
As far as possible tobacco use or HPV, it's probably not worth speculating on the exact cause of Jim's condition but it's definitely worth educating yourself on the potential dangers that are out there. Tobacco use and STD's can lead to serious health complications and anything you can do to mitigate those risks is worth exploring. Still, people are going to continue to smoke, dip and have sex with Pamela Anderson even where they reasonably understand the risks. It's crazy but that's just people being people.
Note to Russ Brandon: Potential sells tickets in September and October, winning sells tickets in November and December.