Actor Ryan O’Neal was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. The actor suffered from leukemia in the 1990s, but went into remission in 2006. O’Neal lost the love of his life, Farrah Fawcett, to cancer in 2009. In a 2009 article in People magazine, O’Neal described cancer as “an insidious enemy.”
Professionals are attempting to contain the cancer for O’Neal. At this time, there is a risk that it can spread to his bones and other areas of his body. However, O’Neal is planning to undergo extensive chemotherapy and take a strong regimen of medications during this time. O’Neal says that he’s ready to battle this disease head on.
O’Neal’s memoir, Both of Us: My Life with Farrah, details his relationship with Fawcett and her struggle and consequent death from anal cancer in 2009. Of the book, O’Neal said, “Maybe this [memoir] was my way of trying to bring her back. At least it was a way to stay connected to her.”
In recent news, O’Neal cancelled an appearance on the ‘Today’ show. In a recent statement to People magazine, O’Neal wrote, “I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular checkups, as early defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many.”
What Is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer begins in the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland that wraps around the urethra and is located below the bladder. It is responsible for assisting in the production of semen and helping with ejaculation. Men over 60 are more susceptible to prostate cancer than any other age group. Men who come from families that have a history of cancer also have an increased likelihood develop this disease.
Signs and Symptoms
A man in the early stages may first become aware of a problem because of pain during urination. He may also notice blood in his urine stream or have difficulty producing a steady stream of urine, even when the urge to urinate is very strong. If the disease has begun to spread, bone pain or tenderness may develop.
Detection and Treatment
Doctors diagnose prostate cancer by performing a biopsy, which involves taking a sample of tissue from the prostate. Once the doctor makes a prognosis, they can further assess the extent the cancer has spread by performing a CT scan or a bone scan. The extent of the cancer will help doctors decide on proper treatment. Treatment may include radiation therapy, surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, proton therapy or a combination of several treatments.
The earlier medical experts can diagnosis prostate cancer, the more chances they have of containing it and saving the patient’s life. Ryan O’Neal is on his way to remission because he got regular checkups. A man should have a physical, which includes a test for prostate cancer, every two years, beginning at the age of 40. Anyone who has not had a checkup for prostate cancer should schedule an appointment today.
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