PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that President & CEO Derrick Hall will undergo surgery for prostate cancer one week from today. Hall announced in late September that the disease was caught in the early stages and that he expects a full recovery.
"My family and I are truly touched by all of the support we've received since letting people know of my diagnosis," said Hall. "We have heard from so many people in the Arizona community and across the country, including those who have also beaten the disease, and it gives me even more optimism that I will do the same. My goal in making this so public is to encourage other males over 40 to get tested now, as it can literally save your life."
Hall learned of his diagnosis in a routine check-up which found a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test resulting in elevated numbers. A prostate biopsy was performed on September 14, which was diagnosed as positive and revealed tumors.
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In 2011, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. One new case occurs every 2.2 minutes and it is estimated that there are more than 2 million American men currently living with prostate cancer.