Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February, but is now cancer-free after undergoing treatment.
Ripken, 59, revealed that news Thursday. He said the cancer was detected early when he went to a urologist as a precaution.
Cal Ripken Jr. turns 60 this month. He said he was symptom free and went to a urologist as a precaution. The cancer was contained to his prostate and after surgery in March, he says he has fully recovered.— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) August 20, 2020
"It's been a pretty miraculous few months," Ripken said. https://t.co/bGqRclJo8C
The cancer was contained in Ripken’s prostate, and he had surgery in March. Ripken said he is fully recovered and cancer-free now. He added that “it’s been a pretty miraculous few months.”
Cal Ripken Jr. wants to bring awareness with his story
Ripken said he believed he could bring awareness to the importance of early detection by sharing his story. He stressed the importance of going in for yearly physicals, and encouraged others to go to a doctor and get checked.
Cal Ripken Jr. wants to stress the importance of getting yearly physicals:— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) August 20, 2020
"I thought maybe my story, as lucky as it is, could encourage or bring the awareness. You should get checked. You should go to the doctors. You should do all the things necessary to catch this early."
Cal Ripken Jr. hasn’t spoken with Trey Mancini yet
Ripken said he hadn’t talked to Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini yet. Mancini revealed he had a malignant tumor removed from his colon in March. Mancini, 28, is undergoing chemotherapy, and will not play during the 2020 MLB season.
Ripken was diagnosed around the same time as Mancini, but the two haven’t spoke yet. Ripken said he wasn’t vocal about his diagnosis initially, but is ready to talk about it now.
Cal Ripken Jr. and Trey Mancini have not spoke about their situations. Both were diagnosed with cancer at around the same time. Ripken Jr. hardly told anyone at first, but that's changing now as he hopes his story can influence others. He said he'd be open to speaking with Trey.— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) August 20, 2020
Ripken added he would be open to speaking with Mancini about his experience.
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