“Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer,” Ryan O’Neal said in an interview by People Magazine.
This is the second battle of Ryan O’Neal against cancer. He was first diagnosed and successfully defeated cancer of the blood, Myelogenous Leukemia in 1990s. This time, prostate cancer and with good prognosis, according to him and to his group of cancer specialists.
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Ryan O’Neal is known from the film The Love Story where he was nominated Best Actor in Golden Globe and Academy Awards and some soap opera like Peyton Place. Other films he had were Paper Moon and A Bridge Too Far.
Prostate Cancer, on the other hand, is a cancer that affects only the males — in the male reproductive organ. Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer are increase frequency of urination, increase urination during the night, there is difficulty in starting and maintaining a stream of urine, painful urination and the presence of blood during urination.
The primary cause of prostate cancer is still indefinite as of this time but risk factors of this cancer are associated to the age of patient and the family history or hereditary causes.
Since the mechanism of prostate cancer is basically the increase in production of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, the former is a male reproductive hormone, the promising medication for this cancer is to block the conversion of the said hormone with the use of finasteride and dutasteride.