Former Texas Governor Ann Richards faces long odds in her fight against cancer.
A spokesman says Richards has cancer of the esophagus and will be treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He says, "She's facing this challenge."
An official with the American Cancer Society says about 33-hundred American women will be diagnosed with the cancer this year and about three-thousand of them will die.
Her spokesman says Richards, who's 72, is waiting to hear how advanced the cancer is and what her chances are.
Richards first grabbed the national spotlight with her keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. She was governor from 1991 to 1995, losing a re-election bid to George W. Bush. Since 2001, she has been an adviser at a public relations and lobbying firm.