Ryan O’Neal Says He Has Stage 2 Prostate Cancer

View Comments
Actor Ryan O'Neal attends the "Paper Moon" Screening at the Camelot Theatre during the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 16, 2011 in Palm Springs, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For PSFF)

Actor Ryan O’Neal attends the “Paper Moon” Screening at the Camelot Theatre during the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 16, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For PSFF)

In To Be Out: Gay Celebrities

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan O’Neal says the prognosis is positive for his recovery from recently diagnosed Stage 2 prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old actor said in a statement released through his publicist on Monday that he was “shocked and stunned by the news” but feels fortunate the disease was caught early. He says he’s expected to make a full recovery.

A memoir about his romance with actress Farrah Fawcett, “Both of Us: My Life With Farrah,” will be published on May 1. Fawcett died in 2009 after a public battle with cancer.

O’Neal says he’s grateful for the support of his friends and family and advocates regular exams since early detection is the best defense.

Higher stage numbers mean more extensive disease, with Stage 4 being the highest, according to the National Cancer Institute.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,540 other followers