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Ryan O'Neal Battling Prostate Cancer

Ryan O'Neal Battling Prostate Cancer
4/16/2012 12:29 PM ET

"Paper Moon" and "Love Story" star Ryan O'Neal has confirmed that he is battling prostate cancer. In an official statement to people.com the 70-year-old says that the cancer was detected early and the outlook is positive.

"Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and according to my extraordinary team of doctors the prognosis is positive for a full recovery," he wrote.

In recent years O'Neal also battled leukemia and encourages friends and fans to have routine checkups for prostate cancer:

"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 affected so many."

by RTT Staff Writer

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