Ryan O'Neal Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

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Ryan O'Neal has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer," said the actor, who has successfully battled leukemia, in a statement released by his rep.

"Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel deeply 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.

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"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, 70, was treated in the late 1990s for myelogenous leukemia, which causes the bone marrow to produce too many white blood cells.

The latest diagnosis comes three years after he lost the love of his life, Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer at 62. They have one son, Redmond O'Neal.

Here's wishing him a fast and full recovery.

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Sorry to hear that Ryan has stage 4 cancer,he is one f the best actors to grace the screen,sad to hear I certainly HOPE he can get a full recovery,thoughts and prayers are with you

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That full recovery is a bunch of BS. There is no stage 5, stage 4 is as bad as it gets. I am a cancer survivor and I did chemo with a lot of people who had prostate cancer and stage 3 was considered a death sentence. I hope he has a full recovery and I don't like being negative, but denial isn't going to help anyone.

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Interesting that stage 4 cancer has a full recovery prognosis, especially at his age and previous bout with Lukemia.

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