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Louis Gossett Jr. Announces His Battle With Prostate Cancer

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Academy award winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. has revealed today that he is battling the early stages of Prostate cancer.

The 73-year-old actor said that the doctors caught it early, and he is expected to fully recover from it, because of its early detection.

Louis Gossett Jr. has had a historical career as an actor of stage and screen. He most notably took home the 1982 Oscar for Best Male Supporting Actor in a feature film for the movie “An Officer And A Gentleman”,… and Gossett stepped into the world of cinema in the Sidney Poitier vehicle A Raisin in the Sun in 1961….(Source-WIKIPEDIA)

According to EOnline …..The 73-year-old claims he wants the world to know in order “to set an example for the large number of African-American men who are victims of this disease because of the comparatively low emphasis in our community on preventative examinations and early treatment,…”I want to influence them to seek, as I have, the fine medical care and early detection now available.”(SOURCE)

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is least common among Asian men and most common among black men, with figures for white men in between.[120][121] However, these high rates may be affected by increasing rates of detection.[122](SOURCE)

Gossett said he does not intend to let his cancer diagnosis slow him down….”I count this diagnosis among the many challenges I have faced in my life and overcome,” he said. “I expect this to be no different.”

I lived in the same apartment complex for a few years that Louis Gossett also resided, and he was always a pleasant, down to earth, nice gentleman, and I have only good memories of our interactions around the pool.He was a cool guy, plain and simple!!!!

Good luck Mr Gossett…and thanks for allowing me to have this opportunity to encourage all men, especially black men ,….to go get tested for prostate cancer!!!!

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