Ryan O'Neal Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, Plus Other Celebs Who Battled the Disease

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Ryan O'Neal Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, Plus Other Celebs Who Battled the Disease
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Ryan O'Neal said in a statement to People magazine on Friday that he'd been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. The 70-year-old is a former leukemia patient, but says the prognosis is good. He remarked, "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."

The "Peyton Place" star added, "I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time. I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many."

Just three years ago the Academy Award-winner lost his long time love, Farrah Fawcett, to cancer. He chronicles his life with the late "Charlie's Angels" actress in a new memoir titled, "Both of Us," due to be released on May 1.

While more than a few celebs have died after receiving a similar diagnosis, there have also been quite a number of stars who have survived after battling prostate cancer.

Robert De Niro was diagnosed in 2003 at the age of 60. The "Goodfellas" actor was said to have had regular check-ups that led to early detection of the disease and his publicist, Stan Rosenfield said, "Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery."

Fortunately, the "Little Fockers" star is still around today, and in 2008 TMZ reported that he was cancer free.

Johnny Ramone, the late guitarist for one of the most famous punk bands in the world, The Ramones, died of prostate cancer in 2004 after a five-year battle with the disease at the fairly young age of 55. His autobiography was released just this month, entitled "Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone."

The musician's widow, Linda Ramone, said he began writing it soon after he learned of his illness. She stated, "Johnny's legacy to him was so important, even while he was sick. ... It was like he knew he was dying, and he wanted to do something."

Roger Moore, one of the many actors to play James Bond, was diagnosed in 1993. In 2007, he told the Daily Mail that he faced his mortality and made life-changing decisions as a result. Of course, the English actor is still around today, and turned 84 years old last fall.

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