Warren Buffet has recently been diagnosed with a stage 1 prostate cancer, which is believed to be non life threatening. The eighty one year old, billionaire investor, will begin a two month treatment of daily radiation in July.
“I feel great -- as if I were in my normal excellent health -- and my energy level is 100 percent,” Buffett said in the letter yesterday. “I will let shareholders know immediately should my health situation change. Eventually, of course, it will; but I believe that day is a long way off.”
The diagnosis is the least severe of four stages of the cancer, which affects 1 in 8 men over the age of 70. The five year survival rate for local prostate cancer, such as Buffett’s, is close to 100 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.
About 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year and the disease will kill about 28,170 patients, the American Cancer Society estimated. The disease is the second-deadliest cancer for men after lung cancer.
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