Don Imus reveals he's battling prostate cancer

Radio host Don Imus stunned his listeners Monday when he announced he is battling stage two prostate cancer. The 68-year-old veteran personality is suffering from the second most common form of cancer

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2009, 11:47 PM

Updated 5,603 days ago

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Radio host Don Imus stunned his listeners Monday when he announced he is battling stage two prostate cancer.
The 68-year-old veteran personality is suffering from the second most common form of cancer diagnosed in men in New York. According to the state health department, one in every six men will develop prostate cancer sometime during his lifetime. The majority of cases are diagnosed in men 65 and older.
?The first thing that goes through your mind is ?oh is this the end of the road??? two-time prostate cancer survivor Clifford McIntyre, of Freeport, says.
According to Imus, his cancer hasn?t spread outside the prostate.
Oncologists at South Nassau Communities Hospital say early diagnosis means a better chance for a cure, but don?t know any specific details about Imus? case.
?Prostate cancer is one of those cancers that if it's locally confined the chances of cure are good, somewhere 75 percent and upward,? Dr. Leester Wu says.
Doctors say one possible symptom for prostate cancer is difficulty going to the bathroom, but that sometimes there aren?t any symptoms. Medical experts disagree over whether men should be screened regularly for prostate cancer.
Wu says men 50 and over should be screened and if there's a family history, younger patients should see their doctor.
Many doctors recommend consistent prostate cancer screening
Cancer.org New York Prostate Institute Frequently Asked Questions About Prostate Cancer Cancer Care


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