Longtime star of “The Young and The Restless”, Eric Braeden, 84, has announced that he is suffering from prostate cancer. While he is optimistic about his outlook, he said that his cancer was “misdiagnosed at first” by doctors and asks his male fans to have regular screenings.
“The reason that I’m going public with this is to inform people,” he said to ET. “… As you get older, your prostate grows and it impinges the urethra. It means you have to go to the potty a lot more than you want to. That is sometimes the beginning of some trouble.”
“I just want men to know not to be scared of that. I want them to know to have your prostate examined, have your bladder examined, have your colon examined. […] Just acquaint yourself with it and be open about it, so that way you take the fear out of people… A lot of men, me included, would not want to know about it. That’s nonsense.”
While Braeden admits that cancer is “scary”, he is taking precautions to be careful with his health, and seems to be in good spirits:
“I’ve learned now to listen to my body more, and not go all out. So if you’ve seen me a little under the weather, yeah, I have been, but I will lick this. This bastard ain’t going to get me, I’m going to get it. I’ll be in top form again soon.”
Braeden also told listeners to reach out to friends or family members suffering from similar diseases and encouraged them not to lose hope:“So, whenever you have someone in the family who goes through this, support them. It can work out. Nowadays, there is so much advancement in cancer treatment, you can survive it.”