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Warren Buffett said Tuesday he has Stage I prostate cancer but that his condition "is not remotely life-theatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way."
A discussion about prostate cancer screening should take place at age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years.
It may be found by a PSA test or a digital rectal exam.
Trouble having or keeping an erection (impotence)
Blood in the urine
Pain in the spine, hips, ribs or other bones
Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
Loss of bladder or bowel control
Other diseases can cause those symptoms as well.
Source: American Cancer Society
In a press release addressed to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders, Buffett said he would begin a two-month course of daily radiation in mid-July that would restrict his travel during that period, "but will not otherwise change my daily routine."
Buffett said he received the diagnosis last Wednesday and had a CAT scan and a bone scan on Thursday, followed by an MRI on Tuesday.
"These tests showed no incidence of cancer elsewhere in my body," he said, adding:
"I feel great — as if I were in my normal excellent health — and my energy level is 100 percent. I discovered the cancer because my PSA level (an indicator my doctors had regularly checked for many years) recently jumped beyond its normal elevation and a biopsy seemed warranted."
He said he would let shareholders know immediately "should my health situation change. Eventually, of course, it will; but I believe that day is a long way off."
Berkshire shares fell quickly after market close, quickly shedding the gains the company's stock price had made Tuesday, closing at $121,310, up 1.49 percent. In after-hours trading, shortly after the news of Buffett's diagnosis emerged, Berkshire's A-shares were down about $1,596, or 1.32 percent, from the closing price.
The Omaha World-Herald Co. is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
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