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Stephen Fry reveals cancer diagnosis

The iconic actor and author announced the news on Friday (February 23).

2018-02-23

Stephen Fry has revealed that he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

The actor and writer, 60, announced the news in a video message shared on his personal website on Friday (February 23).

He explained that he had been diagnosed with an "aggressive" form of the diesease and underwent an operation to remove 11 lymph nodes in early January.

Fry said the cancer "doesn't seem" to have spread beyond the prostate.

"So far as we know, it's all been got," the former BAFTA host said, adding that doctors will not know for certain whether he's cancer-free until running more tests.

Thanking his family and "darling" husband Elliott Spencer, who he married three years ago, Fry admitted he was struggling to come to terms with the phrase "I've got cancer", and urged men "of a certain age" to get checked by their doctor.

"Here's hoping I've got another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that's a marvellous thing to be able to say, and I'd rather it didn't go away," he said.

The prostate is a small gland located in the male pelvis between the penis and the bladder. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year in the UK, according to NHS Choices.

Stephen Fry married his husband Elliott Spencer in January 2015.

Prostate cancer tends to develop slowly, meaning many people live with the condition for years without developing symptoms.

When symptoms do develop, they may include an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied. However, these symptons are often cause by something else, so there

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