Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ryan O’Neal Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer - Ron Huberman said it was like hitting a giant speed bump with his little wee-wee!
U.S. actor Ryan O’Neal has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. “Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer,” O’Neal says in a statement released by his rep exclusively to PEOPLE.
O’Neal has had some difficult struggles with life recently, battling leukemia and losing his longtime partner Farrah Fawcett, who died at age 62 of anal cancer. O’Neal was treated in the late 1990s for myelogenous leukemia, which causes the bone marrow to produce too many white blood cells.
“Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and according to my extraordinary team of doctors the prognosis is positive for a full recovery,” the statement adds. “I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many.”
O’Neal is right: Early detection leads to more positive treatment outcomes for men with prostate cancer. A celebrity like O’Neal making this statement increases cancer awareness and will hopefully encourage more men to get checked.