Ian McKellen Has Prostate Cancer

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Sir Ian McKellen has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The 73-year-old star of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit told the Daily Mirror (UK) he's been suffering from it for the last 6-7 YEARS, but has not had any treatment.

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"When you have got it, you monitor it, and you have to be careful it doesn't spread," he said. "But if it is contained in the prostate, which it is it's no big deal."

"I am examined regularly and it's contained, it's not spreading," said the silver screen legend. "I've not had any treatment." We trust that he would if need be.

The Hobbit will be released Friday. It looks awesome.

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