Sir Ian McKellen reveals he has prostate cancer
Just in time for The Hobbit premiere, Sir Ian McKellen admits to the U.K.'s Daily Mirror that he has prostate cancer. And like Durin's Bane, the Balrog of Moria, this cancer shall not pass. Sorry about that. But don't worry, Sir Ian will probably be okay.
"I've had prostate cancer for six or seven years," the wizard Gandalf tells the paper. "When you have got it you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn’t spread. But if it is contained in the prostate it's no big deal. Many, many men die from it but it’s one of the cancers that is totally treatable so I have ‘waitful watching.' I am examined regularly and it's just contained, it's not spreading. I've not had any treatment."
Still, it's not something he relished hearing about, even at age 73. "You do gulp when you hear the news. It's like when you go for an HIV test, you go 'Arghhh is this the end of the road?'" he says. "I have heard of people dying from prostate cancer, and they are the unlucky ones, the people who didn't know they had got it and it went on the rampage. But at my age if it is diagnosed its not life threatening."
There's no surgery scheduled, so don't think he'll be out of work any time soon. He has 53 more hours of Hobbit movies to be in, after all.
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