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Ryan O'Neal diagnosed w/ stage 2 prostate cancer

April 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Ryan O'Neal revealed more about his battle with cancer on Monday, saying he has been recently diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old is getting ready for the release next month of a memoir about his life with Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer in 2009.

"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," O'Neal said in a statement. "I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many."

CORRECTION: In an earlier press release, Ryan O'Neal's spokesman said the actor had stage 4 prostate cancer, but the spokesman now says he has stage 2 prostate cancer.