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Tom Brokaw

Diagnosed With Cancer

... But I'm Optimistic

2/11/2014 3:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0211-tom-brokaw-tmzLegendary newsman Tom Brokaw has revealed that he's been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer ... but says he's "optimistic about the future." 

74-year-old Brokaw -- who's currently a special correspondent for NBC News -- was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. 

According to a study by the National Cancer Institute, the 10-year survival rate for someone of Brokaw's age is 3%. 

Still, Brokaw remains positive ... saying, "With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come.”

He adds, "I remain the luckiest guy I know.”

“I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter.”

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